The International hits 1 million concurrent viewers

Peak online concurrent viewership for Dota 2 Championships eclipses 1 million from streams on Twitch, Gamefy, and Valve's own services.

Valve's The International 2013 Dota 2 Championships doubled last year's record viewership and peaked at a simultaneous online viewership of over 1 million gamers, Valve announced today.

The 1 million peak simultaneous figure is made up of those who watched through Twitch, Gamefy in China, and Valve's own services. It does not include viewers who watched through international broadcasts or other means.

The International 3 came roughly 100,000 viewers short of tying the all-time eSports record set by Riot's League Championship Series Season 2 finals with 1.1 million.

Competitive gaming team Alliance from Sweden picked up $1.43 million after finishing first place in this year's tournament.

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.

The prize pool for The International 3 totaled $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.

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

Additional reporting by Rod Breslau.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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82 comments
hadlee73
hadlee73

Not really sure what I'm missing as I don't have any way of viewing it here, but it sure seems popular. If this sort of thing ever becomes an Olympic sport the ancient Greeks will turn over in their graves. :P

omar_q
omar_q

Pathetic, League got 1.1mil players in 2012, only 3 years after release.

Dota has been around for 10 years and it couldn't even pass LoL even in 2013.

javalino
javalino

I dont care what people say !! i saw the game where  Dendi hooked to fountain, it was hilarious !!! worth the entire tournament! . 

Minomol
Minomol

I always come to gamespot to read the most idiotic comments in all of gaming.

To stay on topic though...Fuck Yeah Valve! Gaben for president.

Krauklis
Krauklis

The amount of people who don't know what concurrent means is too dam high.

finalkain
finalkain

I honestly dont understand why this game is so popular.

DragonessAthena
DragonessAthena

Why do people always make a big deal out of those ratings? 1 million out of a total audience of 7 billion. Yes, not everyone has internet, but everyone has the potential to watch it. 

That's REALLY bad ratings wise.

Roccoroll
Roccoroll

Mobas take no skill. THE END. 

david60639
david60639

With 800,000 viewers from South Korea Kappa

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

I watched the last 2 days of the tournament and although I haven't played Dota 2 in  a few months I found it quite enjoyable.

I ended up rooting for NaVi because of those awesome comebacks that they got and of course "dem Dendi hooks" were mind blowing.

Bit bummed they lost the Grand Finals, but eh can't have everything I guess.

lorider25
lorider25

I watched a bit of it just to see how it's played. I thought it was just a PVP game, but you have to farm to get levels and pretty much wait until you get your special ability and attack.

bouchart
bouchart

I saw "The International" in the title and thought it had to do with some communist organization.

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

The championship final game was freaking epic.

cboyuno
cboyuno

Dota 2 is awesome. No opinion of LoL

enartloc
enartloc

impressive number considering most games we're at impossible hours for Europe,the final started around 2 am and ended around 6 am

tagyhag
tagyhag

100,000 viewers short from LoL and Riot claims over 3 million users playing at all times? Just goes to show what game has the more competitive community.

jansdman
jansdman

@omar_q  the game was dota 2 not dota. big difference dumbass.

Cypress131
Cypress131

@omar_q 

The reason was that there was a conflict of events that weekend. WCS regional finals were on at the same time as the International. :(

evil-zodiark
evil-zodiark

@finalkain the mobe genre is popular, this is the sequel to the original moba and easly the most solid product in the genre right now, if you're asking why moba's are so popular then that's another question.

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

@DragonessAthena their audience is not the world.... it is gamers. They are in the gaming market, their market segment is competitive gamers aka e-sports market. In that market segment 1million is super high.

What you said is the most stupid thing I have ever heard in my life.... probably because you either don't know how market segmentation works or are too young. Regardless from a business and numbers standpoint you can never look at the world population you look at specific markets and how you want to approach that specific market.

Also when talking about ratings and numbers they draw.... again you need to look at demographics and age. You can't look at everyone in the world. That is not how things work in the world.... we live in a post-modern and very specialized world now where we have moved ahead from childish methods into complex models and frameworks.

It is amazing ratings for them.... they gained 95% more viewer-ship year over year. If you think that is bad be an engineer or a doctor and never get into business.

enartloc
enartloc

@DragonessAthena Yeah,they are really bad ratings,that's why they almost broke the alltime record for esport streaming /facepalm

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

@david60639 Dota 2 isn't that big in s korea actually.  LoL is the big thing over there.  I suspect a huge chunk of the viewership was American and Russian.

Piggilol
Piggilol

@lorider25 Download it on Steam and try it yourself. It's free and there's a tutorial.

shafe-man
shafe-man

@lucivar1 "Extended virginity?" What does that even mean?


Also, replace "video game" with any sport and voila, you've offended half the world's population. Real nice argument you got there buddy. Pure gold, lucivar1 2016.

dancingbear02
dancingbear02

@lucivar1 Wow, you're just as much of a loser as the rest of us for reading this story and taking the time to comment on it. Congrats.

Piggilol
Piggilol

@lucivar1 You are commenting on gaming site like a loser who doesn't have anything better to do. Should be pretty self-evident as to why most of you are in an extended virginity

canelacandy
canelacandy

@lucivar1 Because commenting about it is such a win, because unlike them you have a life, you go to the Internet to talk shit about what others do with their life.

Detriiment
Detriiment

@lucivar1 Insulting people watching VIDEO GAMES on a VIDEO GAME website... epic failure.

AuGZA
AuGZA

@cboyuno

A Dota player and a LoL player walk into a bar.

The dota player said "LoL sucks"
The LoL player couldnt deny

Detriiment
Detriiment

@tagyhag LoL had ~18 million concurrent viewers @ the Allstar Tournament  in China, will probably double that at the World championships in October.   Nice try though.

omar_q
omar_q

@jansdman No it's not a big difference, Dota and Dota 2 are the same game just updated graphics.

And even so, Dota has been around even if you don't count Dota 2 and League came after Dota and it's already way more popular.


League shits on Dota so hard. 

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

@Piggilol @lorider25 But then you gotta say goodbye to all your free time, friends and family, food that requires more than some time in the microwave, etc. Or so everyone says.

DooM-3-PwNt
DooM-3-PwNt

@Detriiment @tagyhag you clearly have no idea what concurrent means. there are not even 2 million people who would watch LoL concurrently, let alone 18 million. 

MajorGiggles
MajorGiggles

@omar_q @jansdman Regardless, the number of viewers both games are bringing to the competitive gaming scene should be admired, not debated. They're both making the effort to expand eSports as a whole, despite being competitors in the MOBA market. 

omar_q
omar_q

@jansdman There's only 2 former workers from Dota and thats Pendragon and Guinsoo. Pendragon is not even a developer, and Guinsoo hasn't designed champions for LoL since 2010, I don't think he even works here.


jansdman
jansdman

@omar_q @jansdman  you do know that LoL devs are from dota right?? and just like you said updated graphics same mechanic.

You shit on dota then you also shit on your LoL since theyre the former maker of dota. don't care who's best i don't play both games but I enjoy watching them. I just hate posters like you who's a fanboy who dont know shit.

Wladxq
Wladxq

@Pawfalcon@Piggilol@lorider25my free time depends on how long i can breathe, i have no friends, my family is too ridiculous to take it serious, i don't care if i have food everyday or not. So i guess, yes, dota is perfect for me!

AuGZA
AuGZA

@Detriiment @DooM-3-PwNt @tagyhag Your argument lands in the typical internet,
"Oh sh!t I'm wrong. Better nullify a superior argument by saying the poster is mad/butthurt" category. 

The-Turbulence
The-Turbulence

@Detriiment @DooM-3-PwNt @tagyhag Your Inteligence rivals my shoe size... All Stars had 600k concurrent, S2 Worlds had 1.1m . And let's not talk about the fact that Dota 2 is still not released in China/Korea. I'd like to see League numbers in 2014

Piggilol
Piggilol

@Detriiment @DooM-3-PwNt @tagyhag Show us the source or proof that says LoL is watching 2 million viewers simultaneously then? The only one butthurt here is you. No one was talking about LoL but you came to argue some bullshit claims having no idea what you are talking about.