The Prince of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, seems to be a big fan of Dota 2. He boasts nearly 10,000 hours of gameplay and was the top player on The International Battle Pass in 2018 and 2019.
The TI10 Battle Pass has been released for almost four days now, so the 35-year-old Prince is set to retain the top spot on the Battle Pass leaderboard as he has already reached level 14430. The Prince has spent around $6,000 so far, but he has invested much more in Dota 2 in the previous two years Battle Pass.
In 2018, His Royal Highness spent approximately $42,000 to get his battle pass to level 101127, and last year he cut his expenses in half and spent about $21,000 to reach level 51354.
According to his DotaBuff profile, the prince plays in Legend IV and he mostly enjoys a support role, contributing some hero guides for Crystal Maiden, Dazzle, Lina, and Skywrath Mage in the past. To prove his passion for the game, the prince also has a large inventory of some of the rarest cosmetic items, most of which are incredibly rare and expensive couriers. His Royal Highness shared screenshots of his Steam profile with some courier purchases, noting that, for example, the gingerbread baby Roshan cost him $20,000 and that the courier is “extremely handsome”. He also shared the price he paid for the Manticore Golden Wings, a Skywrath mage item, which is $25,000.
The TI10 Battle Pass was released last Monday, and while the date for The International 2020 has yet to be determined due to the global coronavirus situation, the Dota 2 community has already set a new prize pool contribution record. In just two days, the prize pool reached the $10 million mark and continues to grow. Last year’s TI prize pool was $34,330,068. Steam account of the Prince of Saudi Arabia
The Battle Pass is released each year in three packages: the Basic Level 1 Pass is $9.99, the Level 50 Battle Pass is $29.35, and the Level 100 Battle Pass is $44.99. 25% of all Battle Pass sales will go to The International prize fund.