Thanks to the support of Dota 2 fans, The International's prize pool will soar over $2 million.
The International Interactive Compendium for Dota 2 is a unique virtual book that helps fans keep up to date with everything happening in Valve's biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year. Aside from allowing players to vote in polls and predict the winners of each match, the best thing about the $10 Compendium is that for each purchase, 25% of the revenue goes straight to The International's prize pool. To make things a little more interesting, Valve introduced three stretch goals for the Compendium, meaning once the prize pool exceeds a specific amount, Valve will give Compendium owners a little something special. After only being out for less than a week, the rabid Dota 2 community have already raised enough money to complete the first and second stretch goals, raising the prize pool to almost over $2 million.
The first stretch goal was achieved once the prize pool reached $1.7 million. Once this happened, Compendium owners received a 125% Battle Booster that lasts until The International ends later in August. The Booster increases the amount of experience players earn through matchmaking and gives an additional 25% boost that stacks with other players' boosters each game. The highest Battle Bonus people can purchase in Dota 2 is currently a 75% 6 Day bonus, so having a 125% bonus that lasts for almost three months is pretty substantial.
The second stretch goal was met once the prize pool exceeded $1.85 million. Everyone who bought a Compendium was given a free Smeevil courier that can be used in-game regardless of stretch goals, but the second stretch goal allows the courier to evolve and gain a new look. According to Valve, the Smeevils will get some additional mounts to ride on.
The third stretch goal is $2.6 million, a whopping $1 million increase over the initially announced number. If this goal is met, and Dota 2 the community is rapidly getting closer and closer to it by the day, Valve will create a new Immortal item for players to equip and trade as they see fit. No details have been given on the Immortal item, but if the Compendium continues to sell so rapidly, we'll know more sooner rather than later. As of this writing, the prize pool is currently sitting at a cool $1.91 million.
The Compendium is turning out to be an amazing idea on Valve's part. It really lets the community feel as though they're contributing to the tournament and the players all get the benefit of an increased prize pool. It's a win-win for everyone involved, and if Valve can reach their $2.6 million stretch goal, they'll have created one of the most lucrative tournaments in eSports history.