Alliance wins $1.43m at Valve's Dota 2 tournament The International 3

Alliance places first in Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 3, winning $1.43 million.

Competitive gaming team Alliance from Sweden has picked up $1.43 million after finishing first place in Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 3.

Alliance won the grand final after facing off against team Na'Vi from the Ukraine in a best-of-five format, winning 3-2.

The International 3 event kicked off on August 3, with 16 of the best Dota 2 teams flown in from around the world to compete. The event was hosted at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington.

Alliance, who finished in first place, will be taking home $1,437,204. Na'Vi will be awarded $632,370 for second place. Malaysian team Neolution Orange placed third, and will be awarded $287,441 in prize money. The event marks the first time that no Chinese teams have placed in the top 3.

The prize pool for The International 3 totals at $2.87 million, establishing its record as the largest prize pool for a single competitive gaming event. Nearly 400,000 people tuned in live for the first day of the event, and 600,000 on the second and third days, surpassing last year's peak numbers.

At the 2012 International event, team Invictus Gaming from China won $1 million for finishing in first place. In 2011, Team Na'Vi took first place with a prize of $1 million.

For more about the event, check out GameSpot's coverage of The International 2013.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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sune_Gem
sune_Gem

I don't get why people are thinking they're superior beings for not getting payed to play video games. It's just like real sport, with the only difference being it's more so about the brain than the body, in most cases. In the end, they're both games that were designed for competitive fun. So how's it less any less acceptable?

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

No matter how much money, they made, or make in their lifetime they will always be losers. It's never cool to be a professional gamer no matter how you slice it. I mean even though I wish I could devote this time to a game I just can't and think about how much money, girlfriends and time they already sacrificed just to become as good as they are. They literally have probably played 8+ hours a day since the original DOTA came out that is insanity and i'm sorry, but b4 they became professionals they were just giant loser nerds like any hardcore, waste their entire life on gaming loser. The percentage of people that become professional gamers, vs. the percentage of people that just waste and ruin their lives on this type of game is like winning the god damned lottery. Except when you win the lottery you make 100's of millions instead of 280k per person.... They are not rich, they will not win this tournament next year, they make a great salary for professional gamers for sure, but no one should bow down and idolize these people for having enough free time to devote to a game when the rest of us have to work a real job.

nickske1
nickske1

I am really surprised that these "exploits" (I call them exploits because I don't think this is how the game mechanics are supposed to work, but yeh) are allowed, and being cheered at, at a tournament. It may be high skill based to pull this off, but once it lands, the enemy team is basicly lost because of something that shouldn't happen in this game. I'm neither a troll or a flamer, just surprised by the gameplay of dota2 that things like this don't get insta-patched. Very amusing to watch tho. Hats off

Itachhi
Itachhi

It was the best moba tournament i have ever seen.

gsfan1
gsfan1

Alliance played amazingly. I believe they trained harder than any other team at the tournament. It was a well deserved victory. Too bad gamespot is spoiling the result for people who haven't seen it yet.

https://www.logicnation.com/nationpage/1198

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

Professional gamers are still dorks, but now I find myself wanting to become a pro gamer for the cash. Do you know how many Red Bulls and Slim Jims that cash can get you? I can eat like a king! A KING I TELL YOU!! Pro gamers: 1, Me: 0

VRamund
VRamund

It was an amazing match... but still, I wanted Na'Vi to win :P

vadagar1
vadagar1

next year expect korean teams :

1st place Korean awsome

2nd place Korean pwnage

.

.

.

50th place Korean noobmasters

:<

im a sad panda 

vadagar1
vadagar1

FUCKKKK YAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

GOOO ALLIANCE WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Holy-HF
Holy-HF

This is incredible, I haven't even been to gamespot in 5 years because I thought the website became too much of a joke back then. I get back from work to watch the international and type in "the international 3" into google and instead of the Dota 2 website coming up first (like it should), this god awful joke of a post comes up first instead. Nice work, maybe next time you'll have the common decency and common sense to change your title so it doesn't spoil the games for people who have actual jobs and want to enjoy it without you ruining it for them. BTW gamespot is still a joke.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

This society is quite sick. People do meaninful things in life dont get money, people who plays game gets tons of money. I'm including sport players and hollywood stars in this too. I know that money rule the world but can we be more constructive when we 'pay' people ? Doctors should get that kind of money. Not gamers. Teachers should get that kind of money, not players. I'm for a society where everyone will get the money that they deserve....

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I keep telling my son to stop playing TF2 every freaking waking minute and put his gaming skills into something like this where the money is at.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

So how many players on a DOTA team ?  I assume these guys also have players on their team that sit out matches so the cut each person gets might be even less than what others or I think.  Still they must make some crazy money ....

$200k each ?

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

@Bryjoered07  hmmm, ok, 

    and what about professional sports players? I'm not saying being a pro dota2 player is cool or not, but if your talking probability to make it as a professional, those numbers are the same in any field. Would you say anyone who doesn't become a pro in their chosen sport or hobby is a loser? or just someone who likes doing something other then what you like. Pro Athletes make all the same sacrifices you've mentioned, and yet their not immediately branded losers are they?? You really think the fat kids on the football team are getting hawt chics all the time? or you think maybe they are fat losers at home just like the rest of the geeks nerds and weirdos you may like trash talk about cuz they look different then a Johnny Rico all american jackass.           Whats different from someone who spends a 100 hours training a right cross, or someone who spends a 100 hours planning their attack strategy in DOTA or Starcraft? The difference is merely physical vs mental, and if you fear those with mental prowess that's your own problem. Don't just try and say "cuz they don't have to work a real job" boohoo! cuz guess what nobody thinks Arnold Palmer, Mike Tyson, or Babe Ruth (all of whom I am a fan of btw for their athleticism and talents in their respective fields) ever had a "real job" for a day in their lives either. Professional athletes be they gamer's or otherwise DO spend their lives doing what they do. 

   How can you say someone has wasted their life if they have spent it doing what they enjoy? I may never hold a championship belt in boxing either, but I don't consider myself a loser or stop training just because I may not be a worlds champion, its still something I enjoy doing, and I don't think anyone would say I'm a loser for doing that eh? certainly not to my face, lol.

   Furthermore isn't the prize money in anything for who worked hardest and who worked the best? Hahah, silly boy.

   If you don't have the physical or mental talents to hang with them in their respective fields, I think that makes them far, far from losers, and you something else entirely.  

   Here's a mirror, check yourself, before you wreck yourself.

godspeedyou199
godspeedyou199

@Bryjoered07 E-sports in asia is like soccer here. The Big players (like loda from alliance or grubby from WC3) are married to models and have legions of faingirls who would faint if they came close to them.

imhendi
imhendi

@Bryjoered07 

you can say this to a football prof player like cristiano ronaldo

it has no difference

 cr7 get paid because becoming a prof player right?or when winning a league

but there are so many people around the world play football so noob

said its just a luck that cr7 choosen from one of those noobs..

 dont jealous because you cannt get that much money as easy as they are..from how you speak..it mirrored how looser you are

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

@Bryjoered07 

What idiot would not want to get payed this much for something they love doing?

froggyisland
froggyisland

@Bryjoered07 bro, this is a sport. will u call a professional athlete or football player a loser? and using lottery as comparison? ur missing the point


tokiyashiro7
tokiyashiro7

@Bryjoered07 ohhh i feel the jelly you are on bro. don't worry no people will know your name and worth in this world or be part of something big here.

tokiyashiro7
tokiyashiro7

@Bryjoered07 i'm sorry, but i can see how jelly you are on this guys. I know whatever you do in your life you will never get your name on top and be as popular like this guys. And if you have a brain the prize money they got individually has the amount to open up a med size company.

 Please if you're just a kid who doesn't know how industry works then please shut up. This gaming is not a lifetime job but just a prize for who worked harder and better. That's why there are so called retired Pro-gamers because they moved on with life.

 Some of this player will continue to play, but after sometime they will retire and of course with a hundred thousands of dollars in their pocket. 

 And for you sir who has so little knowledge on how this world works where you think JUST GETTING A JOB is the key to life then sorry to say bro but that's not how you enjoy life.

 You do the things that you enjoy, get paid or win millions of dollars by it. Yes they enjoy this kind of life, except for those people who are forced to work on a job that doesn't satisfy them or enjoy.

jophy
jophy

@nickske1  it doesn't matter what you think, they are not exploits, it is how the game mechanics are supposed to work. skills and timing are required to pull them off and furthermore, they are up against professionals which make the success rate of such tactics harder to execute. if it was an "exploit", every team would have go ahead and do the same thing since its such a "cheap and cheat" option. but no, most would not risk because such tactics has high failure rate and can be very punishing and detrimental to the team. These strategies are developed by professional teams and shared across the web, in no way it brings disadvantage to any other teams

KeviNOlighT
KeviNOlighT

@nickske1 What exploits, may I ask? Like what I saw in the WC3 map Dota where heroes get thrown into a lower terrain area and get trapped in there? If you think I'm a total noob at Dota and I should know, don't mind me, I am a total noob, indeed.

crix01
crix01

@gsfan1 That's what happens when you read news before watching the actual game.

Parky23
Parky23

@Holy-HF haha cry more kid like crix01 has said to you Dota2.com easy. your fault get over it.

crix01
crix01

@Holy-HF So you're blaming Gamespot for the way Google works? Why didn't you go to the Dota 2 site in the first place? you know, Dota2.com isn't that hard to type.

Emb3r
Emb3r

@El_Zaggy The talent involved with a professional athlete is far more rare then the talent involved in other professions. With enough time and dedication, almost anybody can get a college degree. Not everyone can be a professional athlete.

Ragmon88
Ragmon88

@El_ZaggyWould like to say this, this tournament was partially financed by the Dota 2 players and the rest came from Valve and sponsors.

Teachers dont get payed enough cause they cut there pay so the politicians can have more and/or their stealing it, that and business man who run the stock market. Go complain to them about who deserves what.

If you don't think its fair then don't use your money to buy games, go to concerts for watching movies and so on...give your money to a cause of your choosing. Do the right thing then.

kenshingr
kenshingr

@El_Zaggy The fault in your logic is that of the 6 million people that play Dota 2, only 40-50 of them are winning any kind of money. Whereas all doctors and teachers of the world are getting paid because they have a real job.

arqe
arqe

@El_Zaggy Successful doctors doesnt sell more "Medical Equipments" , Good Teachers doesnt sell "Private Schools".

Welcome to the WORLD.

Fia1
Fia1

@DeViLzzz some of the prize money also goes to the team as an "organization" to establish itself into the "pro" gaming

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

@godspeedyou199@Bryjoered07 http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.proplay.ru/images/library/Image/Silena/grubby-ppg-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.revscene.net/forums/620824-official-starcraft-2-thread-43.html&h=338&w=450&sz=21&tbnid=WxZ1bTVESehT1M:&tbnh=93&tbnw=124&zoom=1&usg=__wTxAyvbV6CaScnbXRNC3O0lUSU4=&docid=Xw9ZXKi1mcc2IM&sa=X&ei=cRcuUqqpAuSo2gWr5YDIAg&ved=0CDwQ9QEwAw&dur=255

This is grubby's gf, how is she a super model. Please shut the fuck up and stop sucking these dude's dicks. I'd like to pull up some of cristiano ronaldo's past gf's and compare them. STOP these guys are not cool. While I admire that they are unbelievably good at this difficult game, I will not worship or adore them for it. I don't have any problem with them, I even like them, but I am in ZERO way jealous or want to be them and I don't think anybody else should either. That's all I'm saying.

Bryjoered07
Bryjoered07

@imhendi @Bryjoered07 If you can't speak English, please don't try to argue in it...These guys are pieces of shit. Being a professional gamer is never something to be proud of. What are they going to make a lifelong career out of DOTA? Please, the fact that you people get on your knees for these guys being good at a video game disgust me.

KeXeficatioN
KeXeficatioN

@Ragmon88@El_Zaggy Exactly! The money should go to people who put in hard work for it, not for people with prestigious professions regardless of execution.

The fault is absolutely NOT here, nor will it probably ever be. Your problem lies in what Ragmon says.

I really don't understand why you go here to complain about a worldwide problem. Do you really believe that these few DotA players are even slightly responsible?

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

@Bryjoered07 @imhendi  lol, your disgust is my delight, haha. Why is it such a negative thing I don't understand? If you had the brain would you not also want to be paid well for it? I love that you just cant handle that these guys are better then you in this game. Hilarious that is burns your ass so much to see someone else succeeding. Now go troll a dif website, you have easily lost your battle here.  

Walley666
Walley666

@Bryjoered07 Lol mate, what are these stupid ideas you have of how people ought to live their lives. From someone else's perspective the way you live your life could be rubbish. Given part of your life seems to be looking down on others you're secretly jealous of... one could argue for it.

Admit it anyway, at least to yourself, you just don't like that they're earning this money and you're not, and for something you consider "worthless". Maybe the problem here isn't them, but rather your value system. You ought to ask yourself why it bothers you that people are making money or being worshipped for playing games, because that's something on your shoulders. Granted I do think we perhaps worship "stars" a little much in our society, but it doesn't get my jimmies rustled lol.

And think about it; these guys are making a lot of money doing something they love. Isn't that the definition of "success"? Why do they have to live up to *your* standards? It's their life, not yours.

You'd be surprised too. Big name esports players have a lot of post play career opportunities because of the reputation and stardom they've gained. Not to mention getting to the top of a big esport requires a lot of intelligence and dedication, meaning when it comes to other parts of life they're probably well equipped to deal with a lot of them as well.

3peater
3peater

@KeXeficatioN @Ragmon88 @El_Zaggy I'm going to have to agree fully with KeX.

You throw around the term Doctors, but do you understand how many physicians really aren't that great? Trust me, even Gen. Practitioners will make a comfortable living. Regardless, that's why our new healthcare plans are promoting physicians to publish their patient care (obviously in accordance to HIPAA). Sorry, Doctor in training here.. Just wanted to let you know that you are allowed to be skeptical of physicians haha.

However this just goes to my point- Professionals are paid for good, hard work. So why is it, that DOTA players who probably have 12+ hour work shifts (because believe me, you see them as playing a game- but they are definitely working. Not to mention, DOTA is NOT a stress free environment). Aren't entitled to a payoff?