Making history in the eSports world yet again, Dota 2’s International tournament has surpassed its $10 million USD goal.
The rise of eSports has taken a huge turn in the last few years, with tournaments becoming ever more common, and live streaming of the events being watched by hundreds of thousands of fans at a time. Today history was made yet again in eSports, with the Dota 2 International 2014 tournament just three weeks away, the $10 million USD goal that was set for its prize pool has finally been reached.
Last year’s International prize pool was around $2.8 million USD, which made history at the time by becoming the largest eSports prize pool ever. Going beyond last year’s amount by over a huge $7 million USD, we’re sure to see some very happy faces on the winners of TI14.
The prize pool money has been increasing from purchases of the TI14 Compendium, a companion guide to the tournament which fans can purchase in Dota 2. The compendium includes full team rosters, tournament information, challenges within Dota 2 for players to complete and plenty of buffs too – like increased battle points from matches.
As the prize pool money increased it has unlocked various stretch goals for compendium owners and all other players, such as new game modes, treasures, and the ability to vote on new character voices and models. The final stretch goal, unlocked by reaching the $10 million mark, is a ‘Victory Prediction Taunt’ described as follows: “Unlocks the ability for you to perform a voice taunt with your Hero in the early stages of the game. Keeps track of how many successful predictions you’ve made in a row.”
Many of the previous stretch goals unlocked are yet to be released, but we hope they’ll be included in the next update soon. There’s still plenty of time to purchase your compendium, so head on over to the website and take a look for yourself – it’s the perfect way to enjoy the tournament, plus you gain some goodies in-game too.