Valve releases Compendium for 2014 Dota 2 championships, increases prize pool to $2.2 million overnight

Will Valve break last year’s record of a $2.8 million prize pool?

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Valve has released the 2014 Compendium to its annual Dota 2 tournament The International last night, and proceeds from its sales have already raised the championship’s overall prize pool from $1.6 million to $2.2 million.

Introduced last year, the Compendium is a digital interactive program for the competition, where you can keep track of the different teams and make predictions. Each Compendium costs $10, and each sale raises the prize pool by $2.50. As the prize pool grows and hits its stretch goals, more rewards unlock for all Compendium owners and, in some cases, all players.

Leveling up your Compendium by using it and completing special challenges will reward you with Battle Point Boosters and different items. You can also just buy points to level up, and 25 percent of those sales will also add to the overall prize pool.

Last year, Compendium sales raised the prize pool to $2.8 million, so given the amount Valve has raised in this short time already, it seems like it’s on track to raise much more this year.

The International Dota 2 Championships will take place starting July 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle. 10,000 tickets went on sale in early April and sold out within an hour.

11 teams will compete in the tournament this year, with four regional qualifiers taking place from May 12 through May 25. Alongside the invited teams, the winner of each regional qualifier will secure a guaranteed place in the finals, and the four runners-up will compete for the final slot in the tournament.

There are many more rewards and updates that come with this year’s Compendium. For more details, check out its official website, or GameSpot sister site onGamers’ great breakdown.

For more on Dota 2, check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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Discussion

43 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

3 days and its almost 3 million 


i sense 6 million

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

That doesn't even cover the money they are raking in from compendium upgrade points. The game is a cash cow of unbelievable proportions. It makes WoW look like a lemonade stand.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

MOBAs are going to be the hottest genre of all time 

Xirexor
Xirexor

Dude its 3 Million !

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

So, are these Steam machines out yet?

svandex
svandex

Valve gave out money to host ti1 to ti3, but from ti4, Valve earns money from hosting this anniversary competetion.

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

My dad needs to read this article. He told me gaming would get me nowhere

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

League of Legends should do a similar tournament where people can buy stuff to support pro teams. I wanna see how much the LoL players wants to support pro teams. Maybe LoL compendium can exceed Dota 2 compendium if they make one. 

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

What's more impressive is that Dota 2 just hit an all new record for concurrent players 786,000 or so. Wouldn't be surprised if it hit a million sooner or later.

Ervaine
Ervaine

All that money and it could be used for making HL 3 .

What a waste.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

I think dota 2 is a good game, but personally I dont like watching it.

longtonguecat
longtonguecat

2.3 already :P Expecting 3 mill when i wake up

spittis
spittis

It's obvious that the prize pool will be much bigger this year, the game has more players now, and the compendium is much better thought out this time. Last year you had to buy several compendiums if you wanted to contribute more, which didn't make sense. Now you can buy more levels which unlocks more neat things for you. I'm expecting the prize pool to get to around $3.5 million.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Plenty of number 2's in this article but no number 3's. Coincidence? I think not.

Half Life 3 confirmed.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@jimmy_russell funny thing is


u dont have to pay a cent ... u can just play it and not care about any of this and it wil change nothing for u


the heros all play the same, every one has the same game modes

all the compendium bonuses are cosmetic, they are for people that like the epic team matches 



vadagar1
vadagar1

@shinjuki ignore the russians for a while


and take nothing personally XD

mattcake
mattcake

@manutdarsenal  How wrong he was... as it's got you onto Gamespot commenting on these articles :)

PadyEos
PadyEos

@Xatsuna  It would exceed the Dota 2 compendium, no question, but the player base for LOL is more diluted, happens always with games with bigger player bases, so as far as % of players donating it would probably be less. That being said Blizzard with Starcraft 2 has a tiny player base(compared to LOL and Dota 2) and the people that get involved in donations, events, etc is crazy high(somewhere at 18-20%). Imagine a LOL compendium where 20% of LOL players donated 1$. tens of millions...

Harrason
Harrason

@MAD_AI  Got a long way to go before it hits LoL's numbers, but yeah it looks really great so far.

iamdaedem
iamdaedem

@Ervaine  Because Valve exists as a zero-sum game right? Work done for TI4 (the biggest eSports even of the year) is totally taking resources away from the developers of any possible HL3 project.


You're being ignorant.


How many people out of the 400 person staff that Valve has, do you think are working on organising TI4 and setting up the compendium (especially since most of the work was done last year in the first Compendium)? Probably only the people working on Dota 2 (which last I heard was around 30). That leaves at least 300+ people at Valve to do w/e they want.


You really think this is taking away from HL3 if it exists? If so, you're really stupid.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@Ervaine

That's assuming Half Life 3 isn't being made, Source Engine 2 is already known to be in development so is L4D3. HL3 isn't that far fetched. 

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@DamnILoveGames  TI3 was last year. Valve confirmed to acknowledge the existence of the number '3'. HL3 CONFIRMED

roberthuang
roberthuang

@PadyEos  The problem is: Riot provides a messed-up client which can't handle all of things as DOTA2 does, including DotaTV, e-book and many others. 

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

@PadyEos Players are not donating in Dota. They buy stuff and 30% goes to support the players.  Valve takes 70% of the income.

In LoL people buy stuff and 100% of the profit goes to riot. None it goes to pro teams.


For example if you buy a tournament ticket for Dota tournament. Then 30% of that income goes to pro teams while Valve takes 70%.

hystavito
hystavito

@iamdaedem @Ervaine  Furthermore, a lot of that is probably contracted out to companies that specialize in events.  However, yes it still costs money, which is what @Ervaine was saying.


I don't agree it's taking away from HL3 at all :), but technically yes you could say it that way since their money is not infinite :).

Ervaine
Ervaine

@MAD_AI @Ervaine  Yet we have no proof or hint for HL3 existance and production.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I don't play either but I know DoTA > Pokemon.

Ervaine
Ervaine

@MAD_AI  This can't be yet confirmed to be True .

I assume for the time being any "news" regarding HL3 that aren't from Valve ITSELF is FALSE.