So… there’s going to be an international DOTA 2 tournament, right? And we know that DOTA 2 is pretty popular right? Well, apparently it is because the prize money that’s being offered up for this tournament is in the kind of quantity that nearly made me soil my boxer-briefs when I read about it.
We’re talking, like, multinational corporate CEO kinda cash. Yep, it’s like that.
At last tally, the prize money for the contest was up to a smashing $2,024,195 U.S. Dollars thanks to a crowdfunding initiative and a number of tacked on stretch goals. Now, I’m not necessarily down with the idea of doing it this way, but I supposed if the public wants to kick in their dollars to make this thing successful, more power to them, right?
This is how it works: Valve is selling a “Compendium” for 10 bucks and the International Prize Pool is increased by $2.50 for every Compendium purchased. “What’s a Compendium?” you ask? Well:
The Interactive Compendium is a virtual passport that keeps you up to date with The International — and gives you unprecedented access to the tournament as it develops. Compete with other fans for fun and bragging rights by predicting match outcomes and stats. Receive virtual item drops while watching matches. Best of all, have your say in assembling the 2013 All Star team: Vote for 10 of your favorite players from any team and the winners will play in a showmatch at The International.
So, kinda cool…it gets the spectators in on the action…I can dig it!
At this point, three of the stretch goals have been met, here’s what they are:
- $1,700,000: Compendium owners receive a Limited Edition 125% Battle Booster that lasts until The International ends.
- $1,850,000: Compendium Courier gains additional stages.
- $2,000,000: Compendium owners will receive a custom HUD skin.
There are still four more stretch goals to go, which are:
- $2,200,000: Compendium owners will receive a Taunt item with a brand new animation.
- $2,400,000: Compendium owners get to vote on participants in an 8 player Solo Championship (1 vs 1) at The International.
- $2,600,000: Compendium owners will receive a new Immortal item.
- $3,200,000: Compendium Owners will be able to select the next Hero shipped in Dota 2.
Clearly the folks at Valve are ready to push this thing as far as it will go and get plenty of support for their tournament. This is sure to hit big in news around the world, too. That’ll help to legitimize gaming and anything that helps with that, I’m down with. So keep your eyes on what’s happening with this tournament, it promises to be a big deal.
Now, if you’ll pardon me, I need to go learn how to play DOTA, most Rikki Tik.