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There's a lot at stake at this year's The International tournament. Dota 2 players will be competing for their share of a purse that's sitting at more than $10 million.
To put that in perspective, that amount dwarfs last year's prize pool, which was about $2.9 million. It even beats out the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, which had a pot of $8 million.
The pool has grown to this size thanks to sales from the International Compendium. People who purchase the virtual booklet can earn a variety of in-game Dota 2 bonuses, and they can also participate in The International by voting on who will play in tournaments, predicting winners, and more. The Compendium went on sale in May for $9.99, with $2.50 of each sale going to the prize pool.
The International 2014 takes place July 18-21 in Seattle's KeyArena. For more information on the tournament, go here.
Our TakeValve's created quite the ecosystem with The International. Players who don't watch the tournament but want the in-game goodies contribute to the pot, which in turn shines a brighter spotlight on the game and eSports in general. Older players can scoff all they like, but the rising popularity of tournaments like this and the growing phenomenon of streamers, YouTube celebrities, and Let's Play-style videos shows that there's an audience for games as a passive medium, too.
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