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.
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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).
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