Every year, people say there's no chance that The International's crowdfunded prize pool can continue to top itself. Yet every year, Dota 2 fans come through and manage to help make it the largest prize pool in esports history.
To see how far the fan-contributed prize pool could possibly go in the next couple of years, we ran a regression analysis — a statistical technique used to analyze and predict the relationship between dependent and independent variables — to forecast the fan-contributed prize pool up until 2020.
For the purposes of this infographic, we did not include the base prize pool amounts contributed by Valve and as such discounted TI1 and TI2 as they did not have fan contributed prize pools.
Our estimates will also be rendered inaccurate if Valve changes the proportion of proceeds from the Battle Pass which go towards the TI prize pool or otherwise alters how the crowdfunding process works.
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.