Dota 2's The International 3 reaches $2M prize pool

Valve adds new stretch goals to its interactive compendium as community helps fund largest eSports prize pool in history.

Valve's third annual Dota 2 eSports tournament The International has accrued a total prize pot of 2 million dollars due to contributions from the community.

At the time of writing, the total amount of prize money available in the tournament is $2,001,670. Each Dota 2 player who purchases the in-game Interactive Compendium adds $2.50 to the total prize pool, and Valve will now unlock a new HUD skin for all Compendium owners after crossing the $2M threshold.

Valve has also added more stretch goals to the Compendium, which will unlock for all players once the goals have been met. At $2.2M all players will be given "a taunt item with a brand new animation for all Compendium owners," while $2.4M will allow owners to "vote on participants in an 8 player Solo Championship (1vs1) at The International."

The final stretch goal, which stands at $3.2M, will allow the community to choose the next hero released for the game.

Speaking to GameSpot, Dota 2 analyst Matthew "Cyborgmatt" Bailey said, "The International Compendium is a great example of how effective crowd-funding is becoming."

Bailey also says that Valve has the option of allowing for crowd-funded third-party tournaments in the future. "In terms of the backend there is already an API in place now which allows for a custom prize pool supported by these passports to be tracked live," said Bailey, adding that the partial crowd funding with The International "is something Valve will want to test the water with, to see how the community reacts with being given another possible way of supporting these tournaments and teams."

"Moving forward I can only see this being the beginning, the way Valve have set up the Compendium provides plenty of room for this to be expanded into third party tournaments," concluded Bailey.

The original prize pool for The International 3 stood at $1.6 million, meaning the Interactive Compendium has been purchased over 160,000 times. Valve has not said how the money will be distributed among the winning teams.

The previous largest eSports prize pool was $1.97M in League of Legends' Season 2 World Championship, which took place in Los Angeles in October 2012.

The International 3 will run from August 7 through 11 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Thirteen of the tournament's 16 teams have already been invited, with the remaining three spots up for grabs in the currently running Western and Eastern qualifiers.

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bloodsin26
bloodsin26

@June-GS"The original prize pool for The International 3 stood at $1.6 million, meaning the Interactive Compendium has been purchased over 160,000 times. Valve has not said how the money will be distributed among the winning teams."

Valve sponsored the initial 1.6 million and they also pay for commentator and player expenses. The prize pool is currently around 2.5 million due to an in game item called the "compendium" which includes a bunch of ingame items. The compendium costs $10 but $2.5 of it goes toward the prize pool which adds to the initial 1.6 million that Valve put in. Valve gets money, pro players get money, and players get a bunch of in game items in addition to supporting the game they enjoy playing. It's a win-win for everyone essentially.

June-GS
June-GS

Umm, wait a sec. So Valve didn't even sponsor the reward money? So basically--though it's technically not required--people need to pay for the cash pool. 'Cause if nobody does, then there would be no money. Or too little of it.

Hmm, I don't know about that. This kinda sounds like a poker tournament--in a way. But hey, if it works for ya, it's all good, I guess.

joshua2415_8887
joshua2415_8887

Just let us know when it's released and can play offline against bots.

taifhamid1
taifhamid1

i didn't get shit... or maybe we'll get the items after the tournament ends if it haven't already? i hope i don't have to watch the matches to get the items 1 cuz they are boring as hell, 2 i'm always at work during live matches's date so i can't anyways... i'm just hoping that u get these items when u buy the item...

omar_q
omar_q

I'm surprised at the lack of discussion in regards to Valve's genius crowding funding scheme via the Compendium. It's brilliant. 

SolidSymphonia
SolidSymphonia

For the love of god, 3.2 million now, it's the only way we'll ever get Techies.

nnyarach
nnyarach

lol boyz going qq cuz they suck in dota 2. In 1 more year it will be bigger. :) Tasty and lol sucks.

liyona
liyona

 13 teams are invited not 16, fix it if you want.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Meanwhile I just ate some pizza.

lingo56
lingo56

lol, and still counting. I'm estimating that the pool will probably reach about 2.5-3 million with the compendium sales.

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

Related game: League of Legends

I lol'ed

Tauu
Tauu

Valve's success with Dota 2 is well deserved, no doubt about it. It's an amazing game.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Not bad for a beta, Valve think they're funny spamming everyone with passes, got 20 now, can't get rid of them fast enough, then they send more if you do.

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

Woot im getting a new hud! the international has been great so far. I love you valve. You have done so many great things for this game. Dota used to be single handedly the worst community of gamers ever. (Its seems LoL now wears that crown.) Now DotA is not much worse than playing Halo or Cod online. In fact i see more people actually helping noobs these days instead of complaining. But there are still a fair share of assholes playing, like any highly competitive game. But there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the players that are 'muted' for chat abuse in a game. All they can do is ping and use the pre-written chat wheel. Its too funny when they rage out and start pinging the map frantically in frustration. Muahaha. I really do love you valve <3

Jarltheafro
Jarltheafro

3.2 million will mean techies, don't let it get that far.

XenosKing
XenosKing

I'm pretty sure LoL had 5 Million for the whole season, this 2 Million is just for a single tournament.

vadagar1
vadagar1

dota 2 is great fun

hard on noobs :D

Vambran
Vambran

Another Dota 2 Tournament , and the game is still not out. I'm starting to get mad.

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Related Game: League of Legends


June-GS
June-GS

@bloodsin26  Hmm, I see. I'm still not too keen on players payin for part of the pot, big or small (and this ain't small), but from a fan's perspective, I guess I understand.

clowntowns
clowntowns

@June-GS nah it was valve paying 1.6 million as they had for the last 2 internationals but this time they also had the option to get certain benefits in game for the chance to increase the prize pool at the same time. You get things like exp boosts which give more item drops, tournament couriers, tournament taunts, and soon to be an immortal item as well :) oh and a 1v1 tournament voting at the main event as to who gets to participate

nic1357
nic1357

@joshua2415_8887 The game is expressly designed as a multiplayer competitive game, offline with bots isnt ever going to happen.

Axiom93
Axiom93

@taifhamid1 go to backpack and right click compendium nd click use...that will activate it on your account. BTW....i dont think the hud is up yet, guess valve wasnt expecting the stretch goal accomplishment so fast. All in due time friend...

justicetamer
justicetamer

@nnyarach They dont even bother arguing with you nerds. Because in the end, LoL still is the most played game compared to dota 2. Your "still in beta state" excuses doesnt even matter. I have like tons of beta invites storing dust while all my dota 2 friend already moved to LoL. Valve desperately need help on its shrinking player base. Keep sucking and bitching it doesnt even matter. In the end, LoL > Dota 2 hands down. Cya nerds.  >:)

Dejanji
Dejanji

@justicetamer 

LoL's playerbase is almost nothing but 8-16 year olds, and they openly admit it/realize it..

That's why they make the game so simple/easy with zero strategy..

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@Jarltheafro As someone who only played Dota 2, I am terrified of the arrival of Techies. 

malec_1
malec_1

@somatzu Looks like the community sucks just as bad in those games too.

Many people do not like the deny mechanic and fail to find any fun factor in it. Personally I would rather not have to worry about denying creeps, and would rather spend that time harassing the enemy team. IMO, its much more fun to have early exchanges than to micromanage both sides of the creep wave.

And let me add, Valve has added a lot really of cool stuff to Dota 2 that are miles ahead of League. I definitely have respect for the game.

lingo56
lingo56

@Vambran It's out just go ask for a beta key on reddit, you'll get like 30 people asking you to get rid of their 50 some invites.

lingo56
lingo56

@Techn1c4l Because Dota 2 isn't released officially so gamespot doesn't have it in their games list for some reason.

June-GS
June-GS

@clowntowns  Hmm, okay. As I've said in another reply (above), I'll always be iffy on the idea of players payin for a huge chunk of the pool--and it IS a huge chunk by any standard, but I guess I can see the attraction as a huge fan. So okay, I get it I guess.

Pradelus
Pradelus

@justicetamer @nnyarach 

If you truly believe a bigger playerbase means a better game, than you're absolutely wrong. That would essentially mean Call of Duty is the best FPS game series in existence,

nnyarach
nnyarach

@justicetamer @nnyarach the fact is lol fanboys r trying to defend their low skill cap game. They know that dota is better so they come here to say lol is. They are on denial. Go sleep n00b.

justicetamer
justicetamer

@Dejanji @justicetamer I would like to see the source for the "they" that you mentioned. From the way i looked at it. Seems more like Dota 2 has player base with mentality of 8-14 years old. Whole day crying about how bad is LoL and how good is Dota 2. You don't see these kind of comments in LoL comments section and why is that? 

Assasinbynite
Assasinbynite

@Epicurus-Reborn @Jarltheafro Only person techies trolls is his own team. 

No matter how many kills he gets he doesn't scale and most techies players put a bunch of bombs on rune and then if it doesn't work or they start getting countered they proceed to abandon or be useless.

pwnzord
pwnzord

@martingaston @Jarltheafro Yeah you should be. Because Jarltheafro is 100% correct, if the last goal is reached, they will overwhelming put in Techies and the SUI nightmare will begin.

Vannubsauce
Vannubsauce

@malec_1 

Um... nobody is forcing you to deny any creeps. In fact at the end of a normal match (low-mid levels) the number of denies per player averages out to be like 5-10. Who said you couldn't harass enemies? Auto-attacks actually mean something in Dota and farming isn't herp derp press Q and clear an entire wave from level 1.

lingo56
lingo56

@malec_1 @somatzu Personally it doesn't change the gameplay at all to me. Denying creeps is almost never seen in pub games or is lightly seen. I do like denying towers and heroes though. Feels good knowing you helped your team out by destroying your own stuff :3

Pradelus
Pradelus

@justicetamer @Pradelus 

You essentially said LoL is the better game because it's played more. The comparison I made was valid and makes your extremely dumb opinion on what 'makes a good game' moot.

justicetamer
justicetamer

@Pradelus  Did you even think before you type? You are comparing a FPS and a Moba game together. That is by far the dumbest comparison I have ever seen. Stay on the topic son.

justicetamer
justicetamer

@pwnzord @justicetamer @Dejanji You're right. These are just a bunch of butthurt pricks comparing the 2 games to satisfy their "desperately needed ego". Why am i even bothered lol. I shall leave these delusional kids to salvage this sinking game. 

pwnzord
pwnzord

@justicetamer @Dejanji Because they don't post anything for LoL; not much to say about it really, it didn't exactly raise a million dollars in prize money in less than a month now did it?

But in all honesty, it doesn't matter to me one way or the other if your MOBA of choice is different from any other persons. Play LoL, or HoN, or hell play SMITE, just enjoy it the game you like best.  Coming into a news article, and posting that you're tired of people comparing the two games doesn't really ring true when you do the exact same thing.

In other words, if it bothers you so much, why fan the flames?

Vannubsauce
Vannubsauce

@malec_1

Are you serious? LoL has historically been universally considered to be a lot more passive game with less action and hence less kills than Dota 2. 

Junglers are the only ones that gank in LoL for the most part (and farming > ganking, in terms of rewards). Turrets are a lot scarier at lower levels so tower diving is more risky in LoL than it is in Dota meaning less tower dives. Also, Dota has things like limited observer wards, smoke of deceit and more powerful early-game scaling for abilities. This mAll that + Flash.

malec_1
malec_1

@Vannubsauce

Dude, I was replying to a post that said that LoL was for noobs that who can't deny their own creeps. I was not saying that Dota 2 forces you to do that. And auto attacking your own creeps is an auto attack that could have been a harass. That is all I'm saying.

I think Dota 2 is a good game. However, I don't think people who do not like deny are noobs. It's simply a mechanic that does not appeal to all types.

Auto-attacking means a lot in League too, not sure if what you are trying to say at the end there. Sure wave clearing becomes easier(hardly close to be a single ability clear at level 1, cmon), but League has always focused more on the player versus player gameplay and less on farming. It's worked out pretty well for them.