The International 10 in the first game day of the playoff stage was able to gain 1,340,000 spectators at its peak, which was the second result in the history of an esports discipline. The most watched match in the championship so far has become a duel with the participation of Team Secret and OG. Representatives of the statistical portal Esports Charts told about this. At the same time, it should be borne in mind that the views from Chinese fans were not taken into account in the calculations from Esports Charts.
The match between Secret and OG became the third most popular in the history of Dota 2, and it is inferior only to the last two matches that took place in The International 2019. Then Team Liquid and PSG.LGD fought in the final of the lower bracket, and in the grand final, Team Liquid and OG.
The average number of viewers after the end of the first game day of the playoffs was ~ 743,000 people. Dota 2 fans brought in about 44,300,000 viewing hours. So far, The International 10 is in the top 3 in this indicator, lagging behind The International 8 and The International 9. In the eighth championship of the The International series, 63,900,000 viewing hours were collected, and in the ninth - 88,400,000 hours.[break]matches_419YrLTTF[break]
The International 2021 kicked off on October 7 and ends on the 17th. The total prize fund of the championship is $ 40,018,195, and 18 best teams in the world, representing six playing regions: North America, South America, CIS, Europe, Southeast Asia and China, are engaged in its distribution. 12 teams made it to The International thanks to the required number of rating points gained during the Dota Pro Circuit 2020/2021 season. The remaining six participants became the best in the regional qualifications. Valve announced a way to distribute the prize money among the participants. The winner will receive 45.5% of the prize pool, while the silver and bronze medalists will receive awards of 13% and 9%. In monetary terms, the above prizes are equal to $ 18,208,300, $ 5,202,400 and $ 3,601,600, respectively.
According to the results of the group stage, Thunder Predator and SG Esports have already completed their path in the championship. The teams took 17-18 places in the standings and received rewards of $ 100,000, which is 0.25% of the total fund. Elephant, beastcoast, Team Aster and Team Undying also joined the dropouts. Elephant couldn't beat Evil Geniuses, beastcoast lost against Alliance, Team Aster couldn't do anything with the power of the Quincy Crew, and Fnatic sent Undying home to pack their bags. The four participants who took 13-16 places in the standings will receive cash prizes of $ 600,300, which is 1.5% of the total prize pool.