Last year, Valve hosted the DOTA2 International Tournament. It was a big deal, with a big prize pool of 2.9 million dollars. This year makes the last look like chump change though. Thanks to the crowdfunding effort based in The Compendium, an item for DOTA2 which anyone can buy, the prize pool for The International 2014 has grown to over 10 million dollars. Let us stop and think about this for a moment. The prize pool for a video game is 10 million dollars. That is actually more than The Masters Golf Tournament, according to USA Today.
If you look at the DOTA2 site, you will see for right now there are no more stretch goals for the crowdfunding portion of the prize pool. However, I would not be surprised to see Valve add more, trying to add to the already insane amount up for grabs in what has quickly become to most lucrative video game tournament in history. If you’re into watching the tournament, it may actually behoove you to go get The Compendium if you haven’t yet. For 10 dollars, you get the chance to make predictions on matches, and earn points, getting rewards for your own DOTA2 account along the way. Plus on top of that, $2.50 of your 10 dollar payment goes on top of the huge prize pool. Let’s help it climb even higher.
Source: DOTA2 Site