The prize pool for this year’s International 2014 Dota 2 tournament has broken its highest stretch goal for the prize pool, and made eSports history.
When we reported on the availability of this year’s Dota 2 International Compendium – the interactive companion guide to this year’s International Dota 2 tournament – it had laid out some pretty hefty stretch goals for the prize pool. With each Compedium purchase increasing the prize pool by $2.50, it has taken only a week to reach its top goal of $6 million USD. Last year’s International tournament pulled in a huge $2.8 million USD in prize pool money, which was raised partly due to sales of that tournament's Compendium too.
This year however there were more stretch goals put in place, which when hit would grant players various rewards, including new game modes, couriers, treasures and more. The first stretch goal was set at $1.8 million USD, and was reached in the blink of an eye. The thirteenth, and final, stretch goal of $6 million USD was hit today, and with it the reward of an item that allows Compendium owners to customise a building in their base. This huge prize pool is the biggest in eSports history, with the second largest being set by last year's Dota 2 International.
The fourth reward, a special edition HUD, was the latest one to be unlocked and available right away, with goals five to thirteen ‘still under construction’ and to be released at a later date. But we expect plenty of updates to Dota 2 in the coming weeks as and when those rewards are finished by the devs, in the build up to the final stages of the tournament. Could more stretch goals be added as the prize pool continues to increase? We'll have to wait and see.
The International 2014 is being held at the KeyArena in Seattle between 18 and 21 July. You can watch coverage of the qualifiers which are taking place now until 25 May directly through Dota 2 or over on Twitch.tv.