The Dota 2 International prize pool has passed the $15 million mark

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There are three certainties in this world: Geoff will always run a tight ship, Darryn will always ship tights (for cosplay purposes… I think), and The International prize pool will grow larger each year. In 2013, the annual Dota 2 tournament had a “measly” $2,874,381 cash total. In 2014, it got bumped up significantly to $10,930,698. This year? Only $15 million and beyond…

That’s right, at time of writing, the prize pool for TI5 sits at $15,023,176! The current split of the winnings remains unknown, but last year’s champions, Newbee, banked 46% of the total – a casual $5,028,121. If the splits remain the same, whoever wins this year’s tournament will walk away with a minimum of $6.9 million bucks!

This is all thanks to the Compendium – a genius idea conceived by Valve to not only grow the prize pool for their competition (as well as their own bank accounts coincidentally), but also rob innocent Dota 2 fans of their money in exchange for sexy in-game loot and goodies. Seriously, I have spent far too much cash on the damn thing myself!

Passing the $15 million mark also means that ALL Compendium stretch goals have been reached – something I honestly never thought would happen. Outstanding rewards include the Immortal Treasure III, the desert terrain, a new music pack, a Bristleback announcer pack, new weather effects, and now, the Axe immortal and longform comic. When all of that will ship is anybody’s guess… Valve like taking their time.

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All this begs the question: will Valve add new stretch goals? It wouldn’t be the first time. After last year’s tiers got smashed, Valve added a bunch of new ones. With The International being a month away (August 3 – 8), there is more than enough time for them to bank more cash… erm… reward us more. Will that happen though? Who knows.

Personally, I’m not phased. All I want now really is for The International to kick off so I can sink my teeth into some competitive MOBA goodness! What about you? Do you want more loot, or are you happy with the rewards that currently exist?

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Last Updated: July 2, 2015

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

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