Crowdfunding is powerful — particularly when coupled with a huge MOBA community that is actively involved in eSports. Dota 2′s Compendium is essentially a virtual booklet that contains goodies for players who buy it along with the promise that $2.50 of the $10 they paid for the Compendium will go toward the prize pool for The International Dota 2 championships.
The prize pool has grown tremendously in a short amount of time and people have been buying Compendiums at a much faster rate than last year. In 11 days players have managed to raise $4,500,512 according to cyborgmatt’s tracker ($1,600,000 was the starting pool given by Valve). This is especially impressive when compared to the $1,274,380 raised last year by players, again according to the cyborgmatt tracker.
In addition to buying just the Compendium, players can also participate in certain events and complete tasks in order to gain more points to level their Compendium. There is also the option to buy additional points, with 25% of those purchases going to the prize pool. The more stretch goals are reached for funding the prize pool, the more perks the leveled Compendiums will unlock for players.
If you’d like to learn more about the Compendium and pick one up yourself, you can do so here.