Less than a week ago, Valve’s Dota 2 International and its prize pool had shattered records yet again, becoming the biggest eSports kitty in history after surpassing last year’s $10.9 million dollars. Since then, the Dota 2 community has managed to lump on another $2.1 million dollars in just six days, and it’s still growing.
Valve’s goal of $15 million dollars seems all but an inevitability at this point.
The thing largely responsible for the sudden surge in money is Valve’s introduction of the The International 2015 Collector’s Cache – a chest full of 11 bundled hero sets, and a 1 in 250 chance of nabbing the incredibly cute Faceless Rex courier.
It seems like a lot of people would’ve bought 11 of them to get at least all of the hero sets (myself included), while others with more disposable income will have tried their luck for the precious and rare courier.
Since we’ve passed the $13 million dollars mark, Dota 2 compendium owners can expect to get their hands a Bristleback announcer pack. Up next at $14 million dollars is brand new weather effects, followed by a special immortal item for Axe coupled with a longform comic at $15 million dollars.
But seeing as we’re well on our way to surpassing Valve’s end game, what do you think they’ll do to lure our wallets even further?