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The International now has a prize pool of over $5 million

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Guys…I don’t get you. I’m clearly, massively out of touch with the gaming audiences out there, because some things just go right over my head. Take for instance, DLC and season passes. Folks have been complaining non-stop about paying for extra content in just about everything with a Warner Bros logo attached to it, while EA may in fact be the Unicorn of our generation. But DOTA? You guys go nuts for that game. So nuts in fact, that the prize pool for this year’s annual The International event has broken new records. Even worse, Matty isn’t here to explain this to me, so I’m even more lost than usual.

Yes indeedie, the fifth International will see a prize pool of over $5.6 million at the time this post was written. That’s all thanks to the usual crowd-funding campaigns which saw sales of the The International 5 Compendium, a virtual program of in-game goodies, rewards and challenges add over $3.9 million to the original purse of $1.6 million. That’s works out to enough cash to sponsor one round of exciting Floyd Mayweather hugging action.

Of course, finishing activities within the gauntlet of the Compendium earns a player more rewards. Or they can just bypass all that, and buy the points necessary, thus increasing the pot. Right now, the option is to either start with the base version of the Compendium ($9.99), or plonk down some coin for the level 50 version ($27.99) as fans work their way upwards towards even loftier stretch goals.

The thing to remember here however, is that only 25% of proceeds go into The International’s overall purse. Which means that Valve has most likely made an obscene amount of cash over a couple of days, thus making the gaming giant slightly richer in the process.

Last Updated: May 5, 2015

46 Comments

  1. I started with the base for $9.99. I’m REALLY happy with the product. It’s significantly better than the one available for TI4 and it’s not even fully open yet. So stoked.

    PLUS the new patch has made DOTA enjoyable again. The new items have breathed so much life into the title. It’s truly a joy to come back to.

    Wp, Volvo. Wp.

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      May 5, 2015 at 11:45

      The Steam Car.
      A car for gamers by Valve in partnership with Volvo.

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 5, 2015 at 11:48

        I would throw money at this. 😀

        Gaben should just buy Volvo. This would also clear up any internet confusion and stop the meme. Or exasperate it.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 5, 2015 at 11:48

          But he would stop making cars after the second model was released.

          Reply

          • Pariah

            May 5, 2015 at 11:50

            XD

          • Kensei Seraph

            May 5, 2015 at 11:50

            But he would stop making cars after the second *version of each* model was released.
            Fixed.

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            May 5, 2015 at 11:51

            ^ This

            😀

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 5, 2015 at 11:54

            Would have to be an automatic too.

          • Thats_how_I_Troll

            May 5, 2015 at 14:33

            The sport version with all the extra bells and whistles could be branded the Orange Box

          • Thats_how_I_Troll

            May 5, 2015 at 14:34

            And leave the crowd speculating about a 3rd for Decades

          • Hammersteyn

            May 5, 2015 at 14:34

            hahaha

    • Pariah

      May 5, 2015 at 11:51

      It’s so cool how you can still love a game that you suck at. 🙂 Those of us who don’t suck have a love/hate relationship with it.

      We still spend money on it though. :/

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 5, 2015 at 11:52

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        The Batpanda challenges you to a 1v1 tonight. Bo3. 8pm.

        Reply

        • Matthew Holliday

          May 5, 2015 at 12:52

          il 1v1 the cabbage and the winners can fight it out for the lagz 1v1 title.

          Reply

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            May 5, 2015 at 14:00

            You’re on!

            The Lazygamer National 1v1 DotA 2 Community Cup!

          • Thats_how_I_Troll

            May 5, 2015 at 14:36

            The Laztional

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 5, 2015 at 12:50

      i ended up putting 20$ into both the previous compendiums eventually, so i jsut bit the bullet and dropped the 27$ on the level 50 straight up…

      i cant justify it, but i dont care.
      coming up on 3000 hours for a f2p, they gave us options, so il pay what i want.

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        May 5, 2015 at 14:00

        DotA 2 and Valve putting the free to play model out there and showing the world how it is done right.

        Reply

  2. Admiral Chief

    May 5, 2015 at 11:39

    I almost forgot I had a copy of this:

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      May 5, 2015 at 11:51

      That is a fine example of a true gentleman.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        May 5, 2015 at 11:56

        Referring to me continuously trolling our fine friend?

        Reply

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          May 5, 2015 at 11:58

          Not in this instance. ;P

          Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 5, 2015 at 11:48

    I wonder if that jackass who said that Esports isn’t a real sport has the same opinion about poker and darts. Espn happily broadcasts that last I checked,.

    Reply

    • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

      May 5, 2015 at 11:51

      It’s honestly such a ridiculous and juvenile position to have. The sheer amount of skill you need to compete at TI5 is HUGE. These players are making decisions that have HUGE ramifications in .1 of a second.

      Screw it. Chess isn’t a sport either. Just some kids playing a dumb game.

      Reply

      • Pariah

        May 5, 2015 at 11:52

        What would you know about Chess? Did you find a board at one of your “digs”?

        Reply

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          May 5, 2015 at 11:52

          I heard he has a Checkered past.

          Reply

          • Pariah

            May 5, 2015 at 11:53

            Not everything is Black and White, ok?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 5, 2015 at 11:57

            He’s just a Pawn

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 5, 2015 at 11:58

            Not the Dark Knight?

          • Pariah

            May 5, 2015 at 11:58

            I heard he’s a Queen.

          • Kensei Seraph

            May 5, 2015 at 12:11

            Isn’t that JJ?

          • Pariah

            May 5, 2015 at 12:12

            Nah, JJ just does the makeup.

          • Thats_how_I_Troll

            May 5, 2015 at 14:47

            Chess makes no sense… I mean, the King is the most important piece on the board and if killed, you loose the game… Surely you should hide the f$#$er and the Queen in the Castle.Once under attack, out pops the queen with a surprise motherf%@#% attack, chop of some Knights head and send it with the messenger pawn as a warning to the other king’s castle… Maybe it was the queens brother? And with that, you realize your “mistake” send them a (Trojan)Horse as a truce and once they fall asleep, let the suicide bomber pawns out of the Horse and blow that castle to pieces… You be like, Check this out mate!

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 5, 2015 at 12:54

            Not everything is radiant and dire*

            THERE ARE NEUTRALS TOO!

        • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

          May 5, 2015 at 11:57

          Isn’t chess the one where you have to obliterate all your enemies with the armies of Rohan and Gondor?

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            May 5, 2015 at 11:57

            No, that’s Risk

      • Matthew Holliday

        May 5, 2015 at 12:54

        million dollar dreamcoil for life.

        Reply

  4. Kensei Seraph

    May 5, 2015 at 11:49

    So Valve have made about 11,7 million from this (at the time this article was written).
    I might be wrong though.

    Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      May 5, 2015 at 12:46

      25% goes into the prize pool.
      so valve gets 3x that into their pocket.

      Reply

      • Stan Smith

        May 5, 2015 at 13:38

        The pool started at 1.6 mil .

        Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    May 5, 2015 at 11:56

  6. Matthew Holliday

    May 5, 2015 at 12:53

    lets see you guys complain when HL3 is released as a free to play off the profits of the cancerous dota 2 community.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 5, 2015 at 13:15

      The complaining will start in earnest then.

      Reply

      • Matthew Holliday

        May 5, 2015 at 13:36

        Gordon cant even handle the hat game.

        Reply

    • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

      May 5, 2015 at 13:58

      ^This

      Reply

  7. DrKiller

    May 5, 2015 at 23:56

    There is a very simple explanation… When a company force us to buy DLCs, then we don’t buy it… But with Dota no one is forcing us to buy stuff and that is why we don’t mind doing it 😛

    Reply

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