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Early this morning, the prize fund for the upcoming Dota 2 International esports tournament crossed the $10 million mark. Remarkably, just $1. 6 million p2000 skins of the prize fund was provided by Valve; the rest was contributed by members of the Dota 2 community who were eager to get their hands on some in-game items, and to support their favorite teams and the nascent esport as a whole. With a prize fund of over $10 million (and still another three weeks to accrue an even larger pot! ), The International 4 is now larger than The Masters golf tournament. Viva la esports!
The $10 million prize fund is even crazier if you consider that only 25% of Compendium sales went towards that total. Each Compendium (an interactive digital guide that accompanies the tournament) costs $10, but only $2. 50 from each sale was added to the total; the other $7. 50 filled Valve’s coffers. If we remove the $1. 6 million that Valve originally contributed to the prize fund, this means Dota 2 players actually paid $33. 6 million to boost the fund by $8. 4 million. Valve pocketed the remaining $25. 2 million. Not bad for a free-to-play game developed by a company with around 300 employees (that would be a take-home bonus of $84, 000 each, in case you’re wondering).