The International is the largest annual Dota 2 tournament of each year. Hosted by Dota 2 developer, Valve, the prize pool this year has reached an astounding, record-shattering $17.6 million USD.
The International 5 takes place at Seattle, WA’s Key Arena once again in 2015, but before we get there, here’s everything you need to know about the storied history of how Valve’s eSports debut became an industry juggernaut.
Prize Pool: $1.6 million USD
Dota 2 wasn’t even out yet when the first International swept through Cologne, Germany in 2011. Valve invited 16 of the top performing Dota teams to compete in the event. The purpose was basically a big publicity stunt for the launch of the Dota 2 beta, and it worked. With a whopping $1.6 million USD on the line, the debut of a beloved rebooted franchise, and an impressive live venue, the first International was the start of something special.