Rejoice, Dota 2 players: Valve has released The International 10 Battle Pass


We still don’t know when The International 10 will take place—thanks, COVID-19!—but what we can tell you is that its prize pool is likely to be big. Like, really big.

As any Dota 2 player could tell you, the prize pool at the game’s most prestigious annual tournament is crowdfunded through sales of the Battle Pass. At last year’s edition, that pool grew to over US$34 million.

It’s anyone’s guess how high the current one will get, but as I type these words, it’s already sitting at over US$1.78 million—and that’s after just a few hours.

So, what do you get in this Battle Pass? What has players most stoked is the ability to form Guilds. What exactly does that mean? Let’s let the folks at Valve explain:

There’s nothing more satisfying than smashing an Ancient with a great group of friends, and then doing the same thing again and again. With the introduction of Guilds, you can join a community of like-minded players to ensure that you always have the right team at your back on that road to victory. Work together to level up your guild and you’ll also earn rewards for yourself and fellow members.

“Anyone can join a guild,” the Battle Pass portal tells us, “but only Battle Pass owners can create them.”

Buy a Battle Pass (they start at US$9.99) and you’ll also be able to access a special summer event that, among other things, includes a four-player “maze of madness and mayhem”, along with special rewards.

Valve originally scheduled The International 10 to take place live in Stockholm, Sweden, from August 18 to 23, 2020. At the end of April, Valve announced that the tournament would be postponed. New dates have yet to be announced.

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