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$1,400,000 Video Game Tournament Victory

08-13-2013, 12:49 PM
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$1,400,000 Video Game Tournament Victory

These people...


won $1,400,000 playing Defense of the Ancients 2 (PC)...


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Think gaming is a big waste of time? Don’t bother telling the members of Sweden’s Alliance pro gaming team, because they will laugh in your face. And possibly throw money in it.

The five-man squad won a staggering $1.4 million at the Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) world championships in Seattle this weekend -- the largest single-event prize in pro gaming history.

Created by Valve Software, DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game pitting two teams of five against one another in strategic, fortress-destroying fights. Valve put up the lion’s share of The International DOTA 2 Tournament’s total prize money, which came out to nearly $3 million.

Sixteen teams from a dozen countries slugged it out over the course of the five-day even, with Alliance and the Ukranian team Na’Vi winding up on top. Over 1,700 spectators crowded Seattle's Benaroya Hall to watch the five-game Finals, which culminated in a match so awesome it left the DOTA 2 official blog gasping for air.

“In a Tournament filled with great games, it was the greatest game we have ever seen,” they wrote. 'Not one single action by one team went uncountered by the other."

Alliance’s win isn’t exactly shocking: the Stockholm-based team has won a stunning nine DOTA 2 tournaments since forming in April of this year. But none of those smaller contests compare to this one, which lends credence to the notion that international eSports players should be treated similarity to pro athletes.

Back in May, Canadian gamer Danny “Shiphtur” Le, recognized as one of the world's top players of competing MOBA League of Legends, became the first eSports athlete to be granted a U.S. visa in order to practice with his team in California.

It wasn’t easy, but League of Legends developer Riot Games successfully argued that their eSports League met the standards for a major sports league, which includes a minimum of six teams and at least $10 million in revenue.

"We had to show this was a profession," Riot VP Dustin Beck told the LA Times. "We had to make a case that this is just like Major League Baseball or the National Hockey League."

Source: http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged...220652889.html

Last edited by undeadcow; 08-13-2013 at 04:47 PM.
08-13-2013, 01:55 PM
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Looks like I gotta take my gaming more seriously!

08-13-2013, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ScotDamn View Post

Looks like I gotta take my gaming more seriously!
Fred Savage thinks so too...

08-13-2013, 02:26 PM
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Wow.
08-13-2013, 04:17 PM
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that is a screenshot of the original dota mod. they were playing dota 2.
08-13-2013, 04:45 PM
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That is really sick! Im sure i could beat these guys easy lol
08-13-2013, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by cplr View Post
that is a screenshot of the original dota mod. they were playing dota 2.
Thank you, corrected screenshot.
08-13-2013, 10:23 PM
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Shouldn't they be Korean?
08-14-2013, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by natedogg213 View Post
Shouldn't they be Korean?
there were some eastern teams that competed but none of them did that well, actually.

this is the final game 5 of the tournament: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8HBr1EGX1I
08-14-2013, 12:32 PM
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there were some eastern teams that competed but none of them did that well, actually.

this is the final game 5 of the tournament:

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