Riot Games' head of EU eSports Jason Yeh tells Polygon that it is not interested in matching the massive prize pool for its League of Legends pro-gaming competitions that Valve offered with Dota 2's The International.
The company said that it will continue to offer a prize pool of around $2 million (which is nothing to sneeze at) for its annual tournament finals. Yeh said that it would rather additional funds be spent on the overall League infrastructure instead of being used to inflate prize pools. The end goal is to be able to offer large-scale pro-gaming events on a weekly basis eventually.
Another unnamed Riot Games rep. equates Valve's method for gathering the massive $10.7 million prize pool to begging. Valve opened sales of the official digital program for the International 2014 championships in May for $10, where $2.50 of every sale contributes to the prize pool. The majority of this year's Dota 2 The International prize pool was funded from the sales of the virtual compendium playbook.