The International 5 Smashes Previous World-Record eSports Prize Pool at >$16m

By Published July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

As The International 5 continues to march closer, Dota 2 fans are greeted by an unrelenting wave of good news. Valve sells “Compendiums” annually for $10, they offer up in-game content related to the big event. 25% of the sale of these Compendiums goes towards the prize pool for TI5. Last year set a record for an e-sports event at $10.9 million, but this year -- with weeks still to go -- they’ve broken that record with a whopping $16.5 million.

But the good news for fans doesn’t end there. This year Valve has worked with Fathom Events to bring The International 5 to big screens around the United States. Over 400 theaters will be showing the event -- use the above link to check for availability and pricing in your area.

In addition, those attending the main event in Seattle will be able to pick up merchandise from the new Secret Shop at the event itself at the KeyArena. Everyone else will be able to get theirs two weeks after the event online.

The qualifiers have completed have completed since our last post. EHOME won their qualifier in China; North America was won by compLexity Gaming; the SEA region was won by MVP HOT6ix; and, finally, Natus Vincere had to win their way back to the event -- after a win and two second place finishes at TI. The runner-ups in these events -- CDEC Gaming, Team Archon, MVP Phoenix, and Vega Squadron -- will be playing in a Wild Card Event for the last slot a week before the event itself.

Last year the event attracted 20 million unique viewers online as well as selling out the KeyArena in Seattle in one hour. Having blown the prize pool out of the water, we’re curious to see if it’ll do the same thing to the viewer count. Stay tuned to GamersNexus for more gaming and hardware news -- in addition, you can follow the TI5 prize pool here, the compendium here, and TI5 news here.

- Keegan "HornetSting" Gallick.

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