The final of Dota 2 championship The International was an all-China affair, with two Chinese teams duking it out for the top honours. When the dust settled, team Newbee walked away five million dollars richer and the title of The International 2014 Grand Champions. In geek parlance, that’s pretty much the equivalent of King of The World.
Their rivals, Vici Gaming, had enjoyed an excellent run up to the finals but they went down 3-1 to Newbee in the end. Joindota.com has a very good summary of each of the four games here, none of which lasted for more than 18 minutes. In Dota 2 terms, that’s pretty fast.
The International made history earlier this year when it managed to crowd-source almost eleven million dollars in prize money. Money was generated through the sale of Compendiums, virtual booklets that let gamers interact with the Dota 2 tournament by tracking gamers, collecting cards, watching live videos and more. Points that increase Compendium levels were also available , and 25% of those sales went toward the tournament’s prize pool.
Wondering how the prize pool was distributed? See below (via Wikipedia):
Even more evidence that gaming is becoming a professional sport – and something that can earn you a serious chunk of change if you’re good enough – is the fact that sporting network ESPN actually broadcast many of The International games, including the final, on TV.
That’s a lot of dough for playing video games.[Source – Joindota.com]