The prize pool for the 2014 Dota 2 tournament, The International has reached $10 million, increasing from $6 million in just five weeks.
The prize pool is contributed by the game’s community from the sales of The Compendium, a virtual booklet which allows community members various ways to interact with the tournament.
Valve originally started the prize pool at $1.6 million but with strong support from the Dota 2 community, the prize pool had exponentially increased since then with every stretch goal Valve made for the tournament accomplished.
Each Compendium costs a total of $10 from which $2.50 from the sale is added as contribution to the prize pool. The prize pool for last year’s tournament was $2.9 million, which showcases how well received the the tournament was in 2013.
With three more weeks to go, the prize pool could continue to increase but at the current moment the grand prize winner will receive more than $5 million, with the top three prizes all in excess of $1 million.
The International 2014 will be held at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington from July 18th to July 21st, 2014.
Despite not having the same numbers of players nor the popularity of League of Legends, Dota 2 is backed by a passionate player base and remains a strong competitor in the world of eSports.
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