Jul 1 2015 - 5:49 pm

The world's biggest Dota 2 tournament hits $15 million goal

The biggest tournament prize pool in esports just keeps getting bigger—and breaking records
Morning Editor

The biggest tournament prize pool in esports just keeps getting bigger—and breaking records. The annual Dota 2 tournament The International just hit its top stretch goal of $15 million.

The tournament uses a unique crowdfunding model to power its impressive prize pool. Sales of this year's Compendium—an interactive program for the event that comes with cosmetic in-game items and other perks—have taken the prize pool from the initial $1.4 million to the record-breaking total. Perks include new in-game weather effects, an exclusive comic, new emoticons, and cursors.

Total sales of the Compendium likely eclipse $50 million, as 25 percent of the revenue from the sales go into the prize pool.

Last year's International topped out at a relatively paltry $11 million. Of course, at the time this was the largest ever prize pool ever seen in esports by quite some margin, eclipsing Valve's own previous record of $2.8 million for the 2013 edition. If the distribution works out the same as last year, each member of the winning team would take home around $1.38 million.

Chinese team Newbee won last year's edition, defeating countrymen Vici Gaming.

This year's event sold out in 10 minutes and will run Aug. 3 to 8 in Seattle.

Image via theGunrun/Twitter

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