November 2, 2023
In a surprising turn of events, Team Spirit, the champions of The International 2023 (TI12), made the decision to decline a $25,000 USD contribution to their prize pool from content creator Eva Elfie. This rejection has sparked discussions within the Dota 2 community, highlighting the complexities of sponsorship and funding in esports.
During the TI Main Event, Eva Elfie announced her intention to donate all her earnings from OnlyFans, starting from October 27th, to the TI12 prize pool. This initiative was a response to the community's concerns over the reduced prize pool and viewership. Despite raising $20,000 through her platform and adding $5,000 of her own funds, Team Spirit chose not to accept the donation, possibly due to the nature of the funds' origin.
While Team Spirit secured an impressive $1,432,555 from the tournament, the additional $25,000 would have been a relatively small contribution. However, this decision has opened up a dialogue on the acceptance of funds in competitive gaming, particularly from sources outside the main event prize pools.
Following the rejection, Eva Elfie has sought community input on how to redirect the funds. She is considering either supporting the second-place team, Gaimin Gladiators, or organizing a separate tournament funded directly through her other content work. This could potentially lead to a unique Eva Elfie Dota 2 event in the near future.
The rejection of the $25,000 prize pool boost from Eva Elfie by Team Spirit has shed light on the complexities of sponsorship and funding in esports. It has sparked discussions within the Dota 2 community and raised questions about the acceptance of funds from sources outside the main event prize pools. Eva Elfie's next steps in redirecting the funds could potentially result in a new and exciting Dota 2 event funded directly through her other content work.
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