Thanks to contributions from the community, Valve’s Dota 2 International tournament this year has raised a total prize of $2 million.
Previously announced, every player who purchases the in-game Interactive Compendium would add $2.50 to the total prize pool. At the $2 million mark a new HUD skin was promised and has been now unlocked for all Compendium owners.
Since the threshold has been reached, Valve has now increased the goal to $2.2 million. At which all players will be given “a taunt item with a brand-new animation for all Compendium owners”. At $2.4 million owners will be allowed to “vote on participants in an eight player Solo Championship (1v1) at The International.”
Finally, if the home goal of $3.2 million is reached, the community will be able to choose the next hero released in the game.
Originally, the prize pool for this year’s International tournament was said to be $1.6 million. Comparing it to rival League of Legends, Riot Games’ moba still carries the trophy for the largest eSports prize pool yet, which was $1.97 at the Season 2 World Championship last year in October.
The International 3 will run from August 7 through 11 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.