According to the Dota 2 The International Compendium Official Website, the Prize Pool has just broken past USD$10,000,000. The prize pool for the tournament broke records for being the largest in eSports by reaching the $10,000,000 (USD) mark on June 27th, almost three weeks prior to the start of the tournament. This is the screen shot as of writing:
News of this development also has fans of rival franchise League of Legends (LoL) worried and on the defense. Riot Games has not yet announced any prize money for their equivalent LoL World Championships which will be held in Seoul, South Korea.
The International is an annual tournament hosted by Valve Software for their action real time strategy game ‘Dota 2’ where 16 of the finest teams from across the world compete against each other for the world championship, massive prize pool that this thread is about and all the glory in the world.
Valve seeds $1.6 Million USD as the prize pool of the event with the Dota 2 community having the opportunity to add to the prize pool by purchasing the ‘Interactive Compendium’. For every Compendium purchased, 25% ($2.50) of the sales are added to the prize pool of the event.
The Interactive Compendium this year was launched on May 9, 2014 and the Dota 2 community have purchased enough of them until today to have boosted the prize pool to over $10,000,000 technically adding over 5 times the base prize pool to the event.