DOTA 2

Dota 2's The International prize breakdown announced

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Dota 2 tournament The International has released its prize pool breakdown for this year's event, with more than $2.7 million now on hand for the competition that begins August 7 in Seattle. While the competition is already well-funded, the prize pool continues to grow as more copies of developer Valve's Interactive Compendium are sold.

Each sale of a single $10 Compendium adds $2.50 to the current prize pool, which currently has the following breakdown for competitors in The International:

  • 1st - $1,363,988
  • 2nd - $600,155
  • 3rd - $272,798
  • 4th - $190,958
  • 5th - $109,119
  • 6th - $109,119
  • 7th - $40,920
  • 8th - $40,920

The Compendium is an interactive e-sports item that is itself a kind of mini-game running parallel to the tournament, in that owners of this special text can attempt to predict winners, collect player cards, and vote on participants in the tournament's all-star match. If the total prize pool reaches the final stretch goal of $3.2 million, Valve has promised Compendium owners the chance to vote on the next Hero to be introduced in Dota 2.

The International main event runs August 7-11 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall and is being streamed in-game as well as at Dota 2's official website. Prelims begin August 3. New to Dota 2? Check out our recent overview of the free-to-play game to get an introduction on what to watch for when the action begins.