After much backlash and outcry from the community based on the fact that the TI5 compendium has trade and gift restrictions, Valve has tried to clear the air and published a statement on Reddit, addressing the imposed restrictions.
DanielJ from Valve has published a statement about gifting on the Dota 2 subreddit: http://t.co/GKVtBRppSe
— Matthew Bailey (@Cyborgmatt) May 2, 2015
We hate the gift restrictions as much as you do. We thought it’d be helpful to explain to you why they exist so that you can have a better view into the challenges surrounding fraud. (…) Additionally, credit card fraud can become a big problem for us, because if our fraud rates climb too high, we will no longer be allowed to accept credit card payments at all. So, we added the time-based trade restriction to allow time to detect and limit the impact that the fraudulent activity has. We believe it actually hurts sales when we put restrictions on our players, because it means it’s harder to buy a gift for your friend, for example. We hated doing it, but we didn’t have a better solution. We are continuously exploring different methods to solve these problems, because we want to be able to stop fraud without affecting legitimate users.
The TI5 compendium will not be tradeable for seven more days and will be unavailable to be gifted, until May 8, after the first event, the Invite Prediction.
The TI5 compendium
Valve released the TI5 compendium for sale yesterday.
The TI5 compendium features stretch goals starting at $2,000,000, that include a cursor pack, and ending with the last stretch goal listed at $15,000,000, featuring a Special Immortal Axe and Longform comic.
Compendiums are available for purchase at a basic price of $9.99 or at level 50 for $26.99. 25% of all purchases for points and compendiums will be applied to the base prize pool of $1,600,000 for The International 5.