Dota 2's The International prize pool hits $2.6 million

Largest eSports prize pool for single event reaches new milestone.

The prize pool for Valve's third annual Dota 2 The International eSports tournament has reached $2.6 million, furthering its renown as the largest prize pool in competitive gaming history for a single event. The prize pool is up from $2 million in May.

At press time, the total amount of prize money stands at $2,600,925. Every Dota 2 player who purchases the in-game Interactive Compendium ($10) will add $2.50 to the total prize pool.

If the prize pool reaches $3.2 million, Compendium owners will be able to select the next Dota 2 hero shipped in the final game.

In addition, this new prize pool milestone will unlock a new immortal item, though it is unclear what this is. GameSpot has reached out to Valve for comment.

Dota 2 analyst Matthew "Cyborgmatt" Bailey told GameSpot that he was not surprised by the new milestone, saying the effort Valve put into the Compendium was impressive.

"Honestly, at this point in time I'm not surprised that we have hit the $2.6 million mark," Bailey said. "The speed in which we have reached these goals just goes to show how passionate and dedicated the Dota 2 community is."

"On top of that, the amount of work Valve has put into the Compendium after the initial release with the introduction of the player cards, International fantasy challenge, predictions, rewards, and more just help to show their dedication of making this year's International event the best one yet and also gives you a ton of content for your money," he added. "In regards to the actual Immortal item we will now be receiving, I can’t say what it is; however, I will say that it will be worthy of the Immortal tag."

The previous largest eSports prize pool was $1.97 million 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. Fifteen of the tournament's 16 teams have already been invited, with the final spot up for grabs in a qualifier in Seattle immediately before The International 3 begins.

The GameSpot eSports team will attend The International. Check out GameSpot's eSports hub for more.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

This game is going to crush league of legends. It's the original, it's better and has a more dedicated fanbase worldwide. LOL was a pathetic attempt to steal the genre banking on the success of the original dota, can't wait for it to fail.

Dejanji
Dejanji

"Interactive Compendium ($10) will add $2.50 to the total prize pool."

Is a line a lot of people ignore/don't realize.

 Forgetting what we contributed to the total prize, we pretty much have also payed for producing the event with the stage, theater, and all the misc. stuff.

Falru
Falru

They just need to add Techies to the game and everything will be amazing.

Best hero ever. He's a great noob filter too. Anyone who complains about him is obviously someone who has never bought wards/gem before so you immediately know they're a noob.

vadagar1
vadagar1

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

got my immortal item NAOW

MUAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA

max-hit
max-hit

I could win a prize if I were to play about 50000000000 more games.

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

Immortal items for everyone! Lets hope it's something like an awesome courier and not some lame looking HUD (I'm looking at you Valor Skin)

fatee
fatee moderator

Having played perhaps an measly 10 - 15 minutes of DOTA 2 in early beta; I can proclaim it has the WORST and most unfriendly gaming community on this planet.


AlexFili
AlexFili

DOTA2 is immensely popular. We need a console port or two

jameson425
jameson425

And we can't get a Battlefield tourney? I didn't realize that many people played DOTA...

eldanon
eldanon

Uhm, 15 of the 16 teams are already decided, the East and West qualifiers ended weeks and weeks ago. Nice job to stay up to date, Gamespot!

Only the 16th spot is still up for grabs for the 2nd place runner ups in East and West qualifiers. It'll be decided in Seattle in August.

blackothh
blackothh

rather impressive monetary showing

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

Valve knows they can't reach 3.2 million. That's why they put that "will pick the next hero" to bait all the Techies fans out there. Techies will be the last hero added to the game :) He is just too big of a troll and new players will rage quit the whole game ever faster.

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

@Zaknaifen dude that skin was really nice imo.....dont know why lots of ppl hate it....... it even had this green glow at the its bottom that keeps moving like a wave....... and most importantly....it could have been worse...like.....Alot worse 

Kakkoister
Kakkoister

@fatee Playing not even a full match isn't going to give you any good idea of what the community as a whole is like. You ran into an asshole in an online game... Wow, cause you know, that doesn't happen in any other multiplayer game! Especially competitive ones where people are trying to win!

 The mute ban system has made is a hell of a lot better as well. Perhaps you should try it a bit longer.

Dejanji
Dejanji

@fatee 

Based on your profile and that xbox "fan card" you have...

 You do NOTHING but play FPS games and Xbox games anyways, lol..

jophy
jophy

@fatee Tbh dota2 requires lots of commitment due to its deep learning curve and can be very punishing to new players. Something not recommended for u. 10-15mins of gameplay lol, u just lost any credibility in ur post.

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@fatee While it's true that with any random team based game you're going to get some unfriendly people on your team, I would hardly say DOTA 2 is the worst. I've had much worse experiences playing CoD and LoL for example. At least DOTA 2 feels like it has *some* adults playing.

eldanon
eldanon

@fatee I'm sorry but with 15 minutes of sample size it's really hard to give any credibility to your proclamation.

max-hit
max-hit

@fatee I'm not trying to defend the community but maybe if you would have played with bots at least for a few games you wouldn't have been insulted.

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

@fatee Yes and? That just shows how good the game is despite the terrible community. Millions of people still play it.

Freshershiist
Freshershiist

@jameson425 4.5 Million unique players this month, 300,000+ playing now

asendedtrunks
asendedtrunks

@eldanonDid you read the title of the article or what this news was about? 

Because "At press time, total amount of prize money stands at $2,600,925"; therefore this article is pretty up to date.


The article even states " Fifteen of the tournament's 16 teams have already been invited, with the final spot up for grabs in a qualifier in Seattle immediately before The International 3 begins."

The-Turbulence
The-Turbulence

@Phrosnite There are already lines in the client(just a few) for Techies. My guess they release Techies right after TI3, and they announce HL3 at TI3. 1 Day after The International the internet explodes. 

R.I.P internet

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

@Phrosnite I also thought they were going to be added last, but they actually have had some lines of codes written/added during the most recent patch. After Legion Commander, they could very well be the next hero.

If anything, they will definitely come out before the 4 super-new heroes (Earth Spirit, Oracle, Arc Warden, Winter Wyvern)

bhmg
bhmg

@Phrosnite techies is the most boring hero...only noobs and trolls pick him /o/

Kakkoister
Kakkoister

@RIIIIKU @Zaknaifen My main beef with it is how much more space it takes up compared to the default HUD. DotA already has quite limited view space, I'd rather not loose even more of it... haha.  But it does look nice.

Xpyder
Xpyder

@Phrosnite @fatee yeah... sure... guess call of duty is also a super dupper game and we need more shooters since so many people play/buy it whenever a new game comes out... Terrible community doesnt really say much about a game quality, just about the game's competitivity mentality, i'd say.

Falru
Falru

@max-hit @AlexFili You know, I honestly think this would be really cool. If you directly controlled your hero with analogs and such. Obviously you can't just "copy paste add controllers" and make a good game but I think a controller-based MOBA could be a lot of fun. 

The main issue a controller would have is point/area targeted spells. Those would take too long to target on an analog whereas a mouse just points and clicks.

It's not like an RTS where you need control bazillions of units.

jameson425
jameson425

@omar_q @jameson425 No I do not, I wasn't saying I wasn't ignorant to the fact, I just see a ton of tourney's for everything PC, just saying I''d like to see some console games get some love at a tournament or two...


eldanon
eldanon

@asendedtrunks The article says it NOW. When they first published it and when I made my comment, they said that 13 teams have been decided when in fact 15 were decided weeks before this article was published. It's fairly crappy that they didn't even put "edited" or "updated" when they changed an entire paragraph to avoid looking like morons. They changed it about 3-4 hours after I posted my original comment... least they could do is say thanks to me for pointing it out for them =)

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

@bhmg

Boring? 

/facepalm

He is one of the most fun to play with. Why are you so bad at this game?

Kakkoister
Kakkoister

@Falru Targetable and AOE spells AND items don't forget. As well as heroes who control more than one unit, like Phantom Lancer, Lone Druid, Meepo, Chen, Enchantress, Broodmother, Chaos Knight, Brewmaster, Naga Siren, Natures Prophet, Beastmaster, Visage, Elder Titan, Spectre, Warlock, Enigma and Goblin Techies...

It just wouldn't work at all... Maybe of League of Lesbians, as it's a lot simpler of a game, with few items that actually do activateable things, and few spells with any real major impact.

Kakkoister
Kakkoister

@jameson425 @omar_q Battlefield is on the PC, and it is a fact that shooters can be played superiorly with a mouse/keyboard. As do RTS and semi-RTS games like this. Fighting games have tournaments and those are platform neutral, they generally use a dedicated type of gamepad/joystick for it. There was also a major Smash Bros Brawl tourney the other week. But it really comes down to whether a game is operating on a competitive level or not, not many console games are.

bhmg
bhmg

@Phrosnite @bhmg yeah...i look forward to see you one day playing meepo or chen like i do...Wait...micro is too much for a random person like you who thinks playing TECHIES require any skil ¬¬

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