Why The International has the biggest prize pools in esports

by theScore esports Staff Jul 28 2017

Since its first iteration back in 2011, Dota 2's The International has become not only one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of esports, but its most lucrative.

With both the 2016 and the 2017 editions boasting prize pools past the $20 million mark, The International has become as famous for its ridiculous paydays as it has for its incredible moments.

But how? How did a tournament that six years ago started with a $1.6 million prize pool grow to such heights?

Well, it's all thanks to the compendiums. Here's a short history of how Valve did it.

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