If you’re an avid fan of DOTA 2 then you would probably know that EG (Evil Geniuses) emerged victorious at The International 5 (TI5) and were rewarded with a prize of $6.6M. If you’re not a fan or don’t know what DOTA 2 is, well a group of teenagers just won the above stated prize for playing video games.
Held for the 5th consecutive year, The International is the world’s largest DOTA 2 tournament held in KeyArena, Seattle. Each year, teams from around the world compete for the Aegis of Champions which to them, is the ultimate symbol of victory.
With a total prize pool of $18 million, the largest in the history of DOTA 2 and indeed cyber gaming as a whole, the tournament was indeed an eye opener that eSports does indeed have a huge presence.
Evil Geniuses, consisting of members ppd, Suma1L, UNiVeRsE, Fear, and Aui_2000 defeated CDEC 3-1 in a final match. It was the first time a team from the U.S. won The International. The CDEC team were no slouches either. Hailing from China as a fourth-tier squad in a wild card slot, they managed to outnumber and outgun each and every team that they faced in the tournament, including Evil Geniuses in an earlier round.
The runners up, Team CDEC took home a $2.8 million prize.
Since 2011, the prize pool of The International has been steadily increasing. This is mainly due to the growing popularity of the game as 25 percent of the proceeds from purchases of an item known as a “Compendium” go to the prize pool for the event. The Compendium usually has predictions for teams and players that the user can fill out and win compendium points which can be used to increase the level of their compendium. This is turn leads to more rewards in the term of cosmetic items for in game characters. Players can also purchase in game compendium points to level up their compendium faster. The proceeds of these too are added to the prize pool for the awards.