Dota 2 isn’t known for its simplicity, so it’s fitting that a tournament for the game would be equally complicated. Here’s what’s going on.
The International, an upcoming Dota 2 tournament, had an initial prize pool of $1.6 million. Those who are interested in setting up fantasy teams, earning in-game rewards, or just keeping a closer eye on competitive Dota 2 can purchase the Compendium, a digital book for $10. From each purchase, $2.50 is sent into the grand prize pool.
Since the Compendium released in May, the pot has grown to over $2.7 million. By the numbers, that means over 400,000 Compendiums have been sold. Breaking the $2.6 million mark unlocked a new Immortal item for Compendium owners; the next and final reward will be available when the prize pool hits $3.2 million and will allow Compendium owners to select the next Hero for Dota 2.
The International will be held from August 7-11 in Seattle.