Published: Thu, August 29, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Dota 2, the 2019 International Championship Set a New Record for eSports

Dota 2, the 2019 International Championship Set a New Record for eSports

The massive prize pools of The International have long seen Dota 2 players boasting considerably larger bank accounts than their peers in other titles.

OG (Ana, Topson, Ceb, JerAx, and captain N0tail), defeated Team Liquid (Miracle-, w33, MinD_ContRol, GH and captain KuroKy), 3-1 in a best of 5.

So far, the more intriguing upcoming "Dota 2" hero is Snapfire. At the recently concluded The International Dota 2 tournament, Team OG clinched the top spot for the second time consecutively.

Another thing that makes Europe such a great location for TI 10 is the current state of affairs in professional Dota 2.

Liquid won the event in 2017, guaranteeing that the grand final would produce the first two-time victor regardless of the outcome.

The only player outside OG that has made over $5 million is Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi with $5,127,814. OG's team is the same as the previous year, and this makes OG the first team to win back-to-back TIs. Liquid had fought to the Grand Finals with an 11-1 score in the lower bracket and managed to take the first game from OG. The International's prize pool reached over $34 million, largely through crowdfunding, making it the largest prize pool for a single esports event in history.

The eSports scene continues to grow more prominent each year and at its forefront is the game - Defense of the Ancients or DOTA 2. In nine years The International has never had a repeat victor much less the exact same team lineup winning twice.

According to GitHyp's figures, this year's worldwide saw a 51 percent increase over last year's TI8, which was held in Vancouver and saw a 100,000 decrease in viewership over the previous year's finals in Seattle.

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