The International Battle Pass ​went live on Tuesday and reached $5 million, doubling The International 8 base prize pool, in under 24 hours.​​

​​The Dota 2 community raised the prize pool for The International 8 to over $5 million -- the fastest ever in The International's history. Dota 2 players contributed to the prize pool by purchasing the Dota 2 Battle Pass. Valve ​initially teased the Battle Pass' release Monday. 25 percent of Battle Pass sales go directly to funding the prize pool for The International 8.

The Battle Pass gives players the ability to access exclusive in-game Dota 2 items for a limited time -- which includes sprays, custom lane creeps, role-based matchmaking queues and more.


The only confirmed teams so far in The International 8 are Virtus.pro and Team Liquid. There are only ​three more important Dota 2 tournaments before The International 8, meaning teams have a limited amount of time to secure their spot in The International 8 through the ​Dota Pro Circuit Rankings.


Cover photo courtesy of Valve

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