A Top 16 Finish in TI10 Earned Beastcoast More Prize Winnings Than a Top 8 Finish in TI11
Beastcoast recently achieved a top eight finish at The International 2022 (TI11) after losing to PSG.LGD earlier today despite most of its roster having to play from their hotel rooms after testing positive for COVID-19. However, despite the team finishing higher than it did during the previous International, the team earned more in terms of prize pool earnings by losing a single best of one match on the main stage last year.
The difference in prize pool earnings is due to the massive decrease in this year’s International prize pool.
The International 2022 (TI11) saw a massive decrease in prize pool distribution as the decrease in Battle Pass sales meant that teams would earn less than what it would earn the previous year.
Many fingers were pointed at the game developer & publisher, Valve for the main reason behind the massive decrease in the TI11 prize pool earnings as certain issues such as the lack of content for this year’s Battle Pass and the timeframe that the Battle Pass was released into saw The International (TI) having a prize pool below the 20 million dollars mark since 2016.
Furthermore, certain teams that have qualified for this year’s International would earn less than what it had made from the previous year. One such team would be South American team beastcoast, who recently managed to achieve a top eight finish at TI11 despite most of its roster being quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19. However, the team earned an estimated $435,269 [pending on finalization of TI11 prize pool] for its top eight finish this year compared to last year’s earnings, which saw them earn $600,300 by finishing lower in 13th-16th place.
Another example that would fit the description is OG. While the organization had a total revamp within its roster, the team still managed to achieve a top eight finish at TI11, the same as it did for TI10. However, the team only managed to earn almost half of what it had earned from TI10 despite having the exact same placement at TI11.
While some of the players at The International played for the prestige and glory, others were playing for the prize pool money in hopes of financial stability or to give their families a better life.