1 July 2015 - 17:49

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
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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.

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