The International 4 will be bigger than ever

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Last year’s International Dota 2 tournament broke records and garnered tons of viewers – it even broke records on twitch. This year is already set to be even bigger, with higher stakes and more rewards for spectators. Valve really knows how to get people involved.

As of the time of writing, the prize pool (thanks to the Compendium) is $5 095 337. For playing Dota 2. These guys are serious professionals, and they certainly deserve a ton of money for the entertainment that they provide, but wow. That’s a lot of money – it will all come down to a final game that may determine just how many millions of dollars one team will take home.

The Compendium rewards are also excellent with supporters now grabbing tons of loading screens, chat emoticons and mini-pudge couriers. The latest prize to be unlocked – new matchmaking. Of course, not all the rewards were ready upon hitting the goal – many of them are still under construction and will be delivered to Compendium owners as soon as possible. At this rate, it looks like the Compendium will blast through all the stretch goals – the tournament is still well over a month away and there’s less than $1 million to go until the Compendium hits the $6 million mark. There is no denying it, The International 4 will have the highest stakes we’ve seen to date in eSports, and tons of spectators will be watching through their clients and twitch to see which team comes out on top.

Speaking of teams, we still don’t have final results for the Americas qualifier. Coming down to the fifth and final game between Team Liquid and NAR, the games went late into the night. Unfortunately, server issues meant that the games had to be delayed, taking place tonight instead. The fifth and final game will be held tonight with the same heroes as selected before the server issues.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2014

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