The International, Valve’s world championship for its own game: DOTA2 (Defense of the Ancients) is yet again the highest prize pool in competitive video game history.
Three years ago when Valve Announced “The International” DOTA2 Championship nobody believed them when they announced that the 1st place prize would be $1 million dollars. It had become the highest prize pool in history.
This year Valve is doing it again, and it has already surpassed the $1 million mark by a long shot. In order to achieve this, Valve is selling a virtual booklet called: “The Compendium” which enables DOTA fans and players around the world follow the tournament via the game client. The user will also receive some goodies in-game. Each sale of the compendium will increase the prize pool by $2.50. Shouldn’t too be much right?
Guess again… Total prize pool as of now is $6.2 million dollars. And it’s still growing. The championship is going to be held in Seattle, WA at the Key Arena at Seattle Center from July 18th to the 21st.
This could be a turning point in competitive gaming.I can definitely see more games implementing such items to increase competitiveness and the value of games in our culture.