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The International is about to reach $6 million stretch goal

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Gonna need a bigger boat

eSports is big business, and to prove it, there is some seriously big money on the line at The International. Dota 2 does really well with spectating – it seems more popular in that regard than the actually more popular to play League of Legends. Now, those spectators are making the tournament even more interesting to watch.

It’s all well and good to play a championship for a trophy, but we all know the stakes are way higher when there’s money involved. The more money, the more excitement. Now, thanks to The Compendium, the fourth International Dota 2 tournament is about to hit a $6 million prize pool. At the time of writing, the prize pool is currently sitting at $5 799 617. Valve has only stipulated Compendium rewards up to $6 million. Looks like it’s about time they start considering other stretch goals and rewards – I have a feeling there are still a bunch of people who haven’t bought Compendia yet.

It was just last week that I told you about the Compendium being launched. The prize pool is growing so fast – if it carries on at this rate (which is honestly unlikely) it would be a prize pool of about $20 million. For Dota 2. That certainly makes for interesting viewing – I’d imagine that a lot of major sports stations around the world would broadcast it, making eSports even more high profile. Realistically, the purchasing of Compendia should slow down, but what do you think is a realistic prize pool amount? $10 million? $15 million? It will be hard for Riot to keep up without adopting a similar model. They can’t just fork out that prize money from their own coffers – they’ll need spectator support to reach those kinds of figures.

Have you bought the Compendium? Are you getting excited to watch all the games, vote on your favourite teams and just generally get involved?

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Last Updated: May 19, 2014


  1. Kensei Seraph

    May 19, 2014 at 12:17

    Currently the prize pool is $5 820 647 and since it’s increased by $2,50 for each Compendium purchased that means 2 328 258,8 people have purchased a Compendium.
    I’m not sure how 0,8th of a person could have purchased a Compendium but obviously someone is very dedicated.


    • Matthew Holliday

      May 19, 2014 at 12:21

      theyv made more money off people upgrading their compendiums than people buying them.

      considering the 7 million monthy player base, 2.5 mill people doesnt sound unbelievable though.


  2. Matthew Holliday

    May 19, 2014 at 12:19

    ez life ez immortals.

    even when everyone buys compendiums, you cans till buy points to upgrade it, i put 10$ into mine to get the bonus drops and it took me to level 24, ive seen more than a few people with level 100 compendiums and dozens with level 60+
    so some people have been dropping 30$+ into their points.


    • Kensei Seraph

      May 19, 2014 at 12:21

      That would explain the 0,8 I got since 25% of the leveling points purchase costs gets added to the prize pool.


      • Matthew Holliday

        May 19, 2014 at 12:23

        lel, double recomments, but yeah, crazy dollars being put into levelling.


    • frikkenator

      May 19, 2014 at 13:04

      I promised myself I won’t spend money on points, unfortunately I tripped over the cat, fell on the keyboard and it somehow bought points… twice.


  3. Kromas

    May 19, 2014 at 13:27

    We are gonna need a bigger bank. 😛


  4. Ringo

    May 19, 2014 at 13:57

    “Compendia.” Achievement Unlocked: Baller Wordsmith!


  5. katalina paolo

    May 21, 2014 at 16:44

    This price is fake, its real price is http://bit.ly/1pcQFjM


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