Valve breaks its own record for the largest esports prize pool ever raised

The International 2014, the biggest upcoming premiere DOTA 2 tournament event, is now set to be the esports tournament with the largest single prize pool in video game history having exceeded $2.8 million in prize money. Community contributions through Compendium sales pushed last year’s total to $2.8 million in a span of three months whereas this year’s contributions have just broken that record in just a little over 22 hours! The pot will only continue to grow larger with the upcoming main event starting in two months’ time.

Valve looks ready to break its own record for largest esports prize pool ever raised. Last night, the company began selling the interactive, in-game guide, known as the Compendium, for its Dota 2 super tournament, the International 4. Last year, money raised from the Compendium was a big part of why the International 3 boasted the largest prize pool in esports history: $2.8 million. This year, a mere 10 hours after the Compendium was released, the International 4 is sitting near $2.5 million. Last year’s prize pool will likely be eclipsed by the day’s end. The Compendium, first introduced prior to last year’s tournament, gives buyers unique, in-client features based on how many $10 compendiums are purchased. When stretch goals are reached, Compendium owners are granted perks like special edition HUDs, new in-game music, and a one-of-a-kind courier to bring players their items. Some stretch goal benefits are even passed along to those that didn’t purchase Compendiums. At certain levels, unique game modes, such as an all random deathmatch and a special solo tournament at the International, become playable and viewable by anyone with Dota 2.

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