The International tournament, which is held by Valve for DOTA 2, has always been famous for its high prize money. Part of the prize pool was formed thanks to players who bought a special compendium. It included cosmetic sets for heroes and items, commentator voices, cards and various additional functionality.
But this year, the developers decided to remove cosmetic items, which caused confusion among players. If previously players bought a compendium and its levels to obtain rare skins, then this year Valve experimented and offered content in the form of a fantasy league, game tests, match forecasts, bingo and a profile showcase. On the Internet you can find a lot of negative reviews about the contents of the compendium for The International 2023 from both ordinary players and professionals. But the best indication of player dissatisfaction is sales – they are at record lows.
Thanks to the site DOTA 2 Prize Pool Tracker You can trace the dynamics of sales of compendiums in recent years and see that in 6 days the prize pool reached only 2.7 million US dollars. In 2022, this amount was 9.8 million, and in the record year 2021 it was 11.8 million.
Let us remind you that The International’s prize pool is formed from Valve’s initial contribution ($1.6 million) and 25% of the compendium sales.