Ukrainian team wins $1 million DOTA 2 tournament

Na'Vi walks away with upcoming title's first championship at Gamescom competition; Chinese team takes second, with Singapore crew in third.

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With Gamescom 2011 done and dusted, so too has the DOTA 2 championship tournament "The International" ended. With 16 teams consisting of five players all across the world from Europe to Southeast Asia, only one could be crowned as the champion.

Ukraine team rejoicing in its victory. Image credit: DOTA 2 blog.

Ukrainian team Na'Vi brought home the gold and placed first in the five-day tournament that spanned from August 17-21. The team won the grand prize of $1 million, split between the team members. Chinese team EHOME came in second place, winning $250,000. Both teams had to fight in a best-of-five elimination series. Singaporean team Scythe.SG came in third place and took home $150,000.

DOTA 2 will be out in full early next year for the PC via Steam. Players who wish to participate in the upcoming beta, which will be launched before the end of the year, need to be registered as Steam users so that they can be picked in a closed-beta-test pool. The open beta test will be launched thereafter.

For more on the tournament, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

38 comments
Whitebloodsun
Whitebloodsun

congratulations Na`Vi...ArtStyle, XBOCT, Dendi, Puppey, and LighTofHeaven...u guyz rockz the DOTA2!!!

the22for4
the22for4

Gz spend them in good live ...

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

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matok1
matok1

I bet they're lol at their moms who said them: "Playing video wont get you paychecks...now get your a$$ ...............!" Son: "Mom...you are fired" :D

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

gaming is becoming bigger than Hollywood. Hell id give it 10 years and there will be gamers being signed contracts as much as athletes lol

Pete5506
Pete5506

I watched a few matches, game is looking sharp

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@AiGeeEn1 ""Yekeshemash!!" that's Polish, but close enough "Na Vi" means "let's be formal"

Steakface
Steakface

A million split 5 ways, after taxes... each gets about 100,000. Invest it wisely, or buy a house (assuming you can get a decent job) because you can't live long on that.

AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

"Yekeshemash!! One-Million'a dollars!! Nice..I' LIKE!"

strayfies
strayfies

Anyone ever heard the "television" say that gaming isn't a big deal?

djedi_master
djedi_master

@CptRexKramer it's not trust me. i'm ukrainian.

liramabr
liramabr

$1 million on Dota2 tournament, $5 millions on LoL tournament.... and after this the television continues saying that gaming isn't a big deal.

djedi_master
djedi_master

er... about the title it should be "ukrainian team" jus' sayin'

Joeh87
Joeh87

Great tournament watched every match possible, Though a very very large cash prize for a game not even out yet, but it's looking a fantastic game. :)

tooki
tooki

@ColdfireTrilogy I have to agree completely. It would have been so much better for them to announce the tourney before launch, and then have it a month or so after the game comes out. I have a really hard time seeing a prize pool this size justified while other pro-gamers playing more competitive games earn far less.

kenshingr
kenshingr

NaVi derives from the latin expression Natus Vincere which means "born to win". So no lawsuits i'm afraid.

_Yosh_
_Yosh_

@RobbySpry You misunderstood me. Or perhaps I wasn't clear enough. I meant that Dota hasn't really got the attention it deserves in the last couple of years. If I remember correctly it once was a WCG option. I hope it will be again. Furthermore, this is by far the biggest prize ever to be granted on a dota tournament. Normally winners took home only $15.000 or something like that. So I think Dota will get some more love in the future... especially with big events like this.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Cha Ching! Just show this article to your mother when she says you will never make a thing playing video games.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

A million spacebucks? Go Ukraine... Americans suck... :P

Evilnator
Evilnator

Glad to see fellow Ukrainians kicking ass.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Is "Na'Vi" a Ukrainian word, or did they swipe it from Cameron's Avatar? (Who in turn, swiped the film's ideas from 'Little Big Man', 'Dances With Wolves', 'The Last Samuari', 'Pocahontas', 'Last Of The Dogmen', 'The Emerald Forest', 'Battle For Terra', 'Ferngully', etc., and the books 'Call Me Joe' and the 'Noon Universe' novels. You know, if Rottenwood's comment below were to be true, then Cameron needs to spread the wealth around to a hell of a lot of people who wrote the treatment for the film for him.) PS I hated Avatar... can you tell? ;)

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

That is quite a bit of money, big congratulations to the winners.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Hope that lawsuit from Cameron doesn't eat most of it.

RobbySpry
RobbySpry

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ej33t
ej33t

@ColdfireTrilogy They had early access to the game to prepare for the tournament. The tournament was for publicity. Yours sincerely, ej33t

megakick
megakick

So when is the $1 million Donkey Kong tournament?

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

What a stupid tournament. Why would you have it take place BEFORE the game launches ... im sure enough has changed that the teams who were *best* probably didnt play to their maximum and even if they were its probably like Starcraft2 where many of the best SC1 players have trouble transitioning to the new game and get outclassed by potential new players.... stupid stupid stupid.

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

at the end of the day....its all the about the money....and a million dollars is a lot of money :P

Code135
Code135

Congratulation to the kids, now they can buy milk and cookies as much as they like ... If only the errr "older gamers" could go play on such tournaments ... :D Alas our senior employees and bosses at work don't let us go on such places for such things -_- Awwww I wanna be 10 years younger :( Still ... congratulations ...

mrmikechau
mrmikechau

Phat Loot :). Congrats to all teams involved.

Darnasian
Darnasian

This proves that the Europeans are the best DOTA players in the world! :P

RobbySpry
RobbySpry

@_Yosh_ What do you mean with "Also it is good to see Dota getting a more prominent role in international gaming." ? Dota has been an internationally popular mod since the very beginning. Just look at the tournament roster for one: http://www.dota2.com/tournaments/international/teams/ How do you figure Dota was limited to a single nation? And what nation do you actually mean?

buft
buft

I caught the start of the tournament but stream problems and timing made me miss almost all of the finals. NA'VI seemed pretty dominant in the matches i watched with them in it

_Yosh_
_Yosh_

Well deserved. Also it is good to see Dota getting a more prominent role in international gaming.