Remember that huge Fortnite tournament just a couple weeks ago where the sixteen-year-old in first place won three million dollars? Valve has decided to blow that prize pool out of the water. On August 7th – just eight days before it is due to begin – the prize pool for Dota 2’s ‘The International 2019’ broke $32,000,000. This is the largest prize pool for any single event in the history of esports, making it a momentous achievement. With TI9 starting on August 15th, there’s still time for this prize pool to grow even further. Valve may not have quite hit the mark for the new Treasure in the Battle Pass, but here’s hoping TI9 cheers up the community.
The biggest fighting game announcements from EVO 2019
EVO 2019 took place last weekend, bringing with it a load of hype matches and, most importantly, a tonne of announcements for all of your favourite fighting games. In addition to the announcements we already covered earlier this week about the new Guilty Gear and Riot’s upcoming fighting game, there’s still plenty of news to go through. To kick things off, Capcom unveiled and released three new characters for Street Fighter V: E-Honda, Lucia and Poison. Bandai also joined in on the fun, announcing a brand new season pass for Tekken 7 which introduces a new fighter named Leroy Smith and also adds new moves for each character in the roster. Finally, Janemba was shown off in Dragon Ball FighterZ’s second season pass and given a release date (August 8th), alongside a first look at SSGSS Gogeta.
First ever PUBG Nation Cup Tournament kicks off this weekend
This weekend (August 9th-11th) marks the first PUBG Nations Cup, which will be taking place in Seoul. A total of sixteen teams are gearing up to compete in the three-day event in matches that will be played on the Erangel and Miramar maps. Each of the sixty-four pro players have been selected by their peers to represent their country. Casters will include Richard ‘The Simms’ Simms, Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott and more, with post-match breakdowns hosted by James ‘Kaelaris’ Carrol, Martin ‘Avnqr’ Goeth and others. With a prize pool of $500,000 and with this being the first event of this scale for PUBG esports, it’s sure to be an exciting event.