Valve’s annual Dota 2 championship tournament, The International, is looking to dominate the eSports scene this year with a massive $2.6 million prize pot.
Originally players were competing for $1.6 million but the Interactive Compendium program has helped add in an extra one million. For the past three months the Compendium has allowed players to make predictions regarding tournament matches and even create fantasy teams within the game. It costs $10 to get one and $2.50 of that goes directly into the International’s prize pool.
Fans responded well, causing Valve to bring in further incentives – items and perks for Compendium owners upon reaching goals. The last one gave a new immortal item. The final goal is $3.2 million and is yet to be achieved.
According to Valve about 435,000 Compendiums have been sold so far and another 204,000 would need to be sold in the final four or five days of the campaign to hit the last goal.
It is still unknown as to how the lines will be drawn for the prize pool but for now the top three prizes are as follows.
- 1st: $1 million
- 2nd: $250,000
- 3rd: $150,000