Pro Gaming Team Wins $5 Million in Dota 2 International Championship

Winning team's name inside -- don't look if you want to watch the finals spoiler-free.

The fourth-ever Dota 2 International--the MOBA game's worldwide championship tournament--was won today by the team known as Newbee--which is now more than $5 million richer.

In a best-of-five competition that took place in Seattle today, Newbee defeated Vici Gaming in four games. Vici won the first game before Newbee reeled off three wins in a row, earning the team a little over $5 million. A full recap of the games can be seen at onGamers, and you can watch a replay of the fourth and final game below.

Newbee, which was only formed earlier this year, is comprised entirely of Chinese gamers: Chen "Hao" Zhihao, Zhang "Mu" Pan, Zhang "xiao8" Ning, Jiao "Banana" Wang, and Zhaohui "SanSheng" Wang. Vici also consists solely of Chinese players.

The members of Vici, as runners up, take home just under $1.5 million total, while the third-place team, North America's Evil Geniuses, gets $1 million total.

This year marked a significant moment for The International and esports as a whole. ESPN broadcasted the event through ESPN 3, and a finals preview aired on ESPN 2 on Sunday. More than $10 million in prize money--the most-ever for an esports tournament--was up for grabs in the International as a direct result of fans purchasing the Compendium (which earns buyers in-game items and contributed money to the prize pool).

Did you watch any of this year's International? Let us know how you followed the tournament in the comments below.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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73 comments
Evdne971
Evdne971

Can't believe you losers follow competitive gaming.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

really hoped Fnatic or EG would take the win but the some new team took the Agais and won 5 mil 


really ironic they're called NewBee

vadagar1
vadagar1

the game was OKA 


but not as fun as alliance vs navi last year

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

This is the kind of thing it's probably better for your country not to win.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

Wake up call for Na'Vi, XBOCT needs to go.  Weakest link of the team.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

I heard you can lose your virginity in most urban areas for 20 bucks...so that million dollars will probably go a long way.



archav3n
archav3n

I'm glad Newbee won as i was hoping for that. But it's not a gg for me. It's more like pubstorm.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

I'm really good at the Uncharted 3 MP... can I has some monies please??

mxgod
mxgod

Never bothered to try this game, can't get over that god awful interface for the blind. I assume it must be addicting but O.O this is the only game I have come across that I have decided to not play just because of an interface. It's that awful to look at. Hopefully DOTA will allow UI re-scaling and customizing in the future, just an assumption it's not there since all videos I have seen the UI takes up 1/4th the screen.

Trev9421
Trev9421

Some people may laugh at people for playing Esports, but I believe it takes the dedication to practice until a game is no longer fun and then practice some more. Congrats to them.

Deckard2323
Deckard2323

Congrats to those kids.  I'm sure they spend more time playing that game than I do working.  Wish I had the stamina to play the same game over and over again. 

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

Can we all agree the finals were awful? I mean I rip on "esports" a lot, like a real lot. But that was just bad. My buddy convinced me to watch it, I watched 3 of the 4 matches and boy was it not at all compelling. Nothing but repeated teleport ganks and dogpiles. No pushes, barely any 1v1 or 2v2, matches barely lasted 15 minutes (again the 60 minute turtles are just as bad, but damn). I will say I dispise DOTA2 slightly less, but this meta is just fricken terrible to watch.

Also, have you ever seen a group of people look more disinterested to have won 5/1.2 mil? I stand by my argument that if esports ever wants a chance at TV viewership then they need players who aren't emotionless robots or some flavor of antisocial personality disorder.

DomZeal
DomZeal

Spoiler: We just donated $5million to Chinese.

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

congrats to newbee and their 3 straight wins to victory

shahdeewasahoe
shahdeewasahoe

Did not really care fot the all Chinese final. By the way if anyone says you are a noob for playing as Viper, you can tell them it was picked multiple times and even in the finals. What a bad joke of a tournament.

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

Gotta love how this article tries to keep it spoiler free. Two articles down however, on GS News, they don't seem to have such a problem

javalino
javalino

I have to say that this year TI didn't have much great battles ( like  Ti 3).  Chineese gamers gg too fast !!!

alaskancrab
alaskancrab

Really it's gamespot's fault.  If you missed the match up maybe it's up to you to avoid a gaming site...


TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

You have a SPOIL FREE headline but 2 news headlines below this there's a headline for who won. So lame Lamespot.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

But you follow video games on this website? How ironic

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Sounds like someone is mad they don't make as much as these guys

jellyman68
jellyman68

@Jawehawk-DK Depends on the definition I suppose. A lot of people (mostly fat/lazy people in my experience) consider things like playing Call of Duty or League of Legends a sport. If you go to a boxing gym or gymnastics club everyone will agree that a sport is something that requires a combination of superior skill and superior athleticism to succeed, which video games most certainly do not require.



jynxten
jynxten

@Jawehawk-DK 

sport


noun:

sport: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Yes. It. Is.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

@SerOlmy We all thought it was awful, compared to last years.  Check out the finals for the International 2013.  Went to the 5th game and went down to the wire.

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

@SerOlmy Most likely that 5 million will be going to the homeland and divided out for the good of the people.  So they could probably give 2 shits.

Bigyeti13
Bigyeti13

@SerOlmy Go watch any other TI besides TI4, so far most agrees that TI4 has the worst meta.

toneloved
toneloved

@SerOlmy You should check out the NA LCS then.  It's more professionally done in term of casting and production in general.  It's not even the playoffs yet but the game is in a meta where it's really fun to watch.  

GasparNolasco
GasparNolasco

@DomZeal That money came from all over the world anyway.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@DomZeal donated??? ahhahahahaha 


dude you owe them money lots and lots and lots and LOTS of money, your children's children will be paying for it 

MonkeyKinght98
MonkeyKinght98

@javalino Yeah, it would have been great to see VG come back just for the show that it would have made. Or at least TRY! it was the finals for goodness' sake! 

straightcur
straightcur

@TheDarkNut  yup,  laughing my ass off when I saw that.  so professional lol.  Right hand has no idea what the left is doing....

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

@manutdarsenal People throw money at me left and right. I even have bodyguards to keep the supermodels at bay. I have a 90 inch gold plated TV in my bathroom to practice on while I'm sitting on my diamond encrusted toilet. 

jynxten
jynxten

@jellyman68 @Jawehawk-DK If you go to a darts club or a snooker club superior athleticism isn't needed. You only need superior athleticism to succeed in sports which require superior athleticism to succeed in. Oddly enough.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

Lol this site is atrocious, i feel bad for the people that work here and have to put up with cbs i and their pr bs.

GasparNolasco
GasparNolasco

@BarkingSpider81 @manutdarsenal Same here. I pity those guys that have to play videogames to get money.

skoarizan
skoarizan

@jynxten @BarkingSpider81 @Jawehawk-DK What about chess than? As far as i know chess counts as sport. Plus siting in front of a PC for 6 hours and playing a game that is so intense does make you dehydrate. So yes it is a sport.