Dota 2 International 2015 to Have the Largest Prize Pool in eSports History
Valve has just raised the biggest prize pool in eSports history for the 2015 Dota 2 International.
PCGamer reports that Valve has just shocked the world with its staggering $11,617,319 prize pool for the 2015 Dota 2 International. Valve's Compendium website for the event features live updates for this ever-increasing prize pool. Those who buy the Compendium have access to Dota 2's fantasy leagues, allowing them to watch exclusive live-streamed matches and predict winners, with cash prizes available for those who pick correctly. Each Compendium bundle costs $9.99, with $2.50 of each purchase going towards the prize pool, so that means at least 4.6 million people have purchased the Compendium so far.
Last year, the Compendium was able to raise $10,930,698 for the 2014 Dota 2 International. Valve has listed stretch goals going up to $15 million for this year's event. Since Dota 2 fans have reached the $11 million stretch goal, Compendium owners will be getting a desert terrain item for the game. Out of that $11.6 million prize pool that the International is currently sitting on, Valve only pitched in $1.6 million originally. With only $2.50 of each Compendium purchase going towards the prize pool, that means almost $40 million has been spent on the Compendium so far.
This year's Dota 2 International will take place in Seattle, Washington from Aug. 3-8, so there's plenty of time to hit that $15 million stretch goal, which it most likely will.