DOTA 2 Tournament Breaks 1 Million Viewers, Swedes Win $1.4 Million

Valve’s annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 3, wrapped up last week, and along with handing out nearly $2.9 million in prize money, solidified the game as Steam’s most popular.

Sixteen five-player teams from 12 countries participated in the five-day event. The Swedish eSports team Alliance won the biggest single-event prize in history, taking home a purse of $1.4 million. If you missed it, here’s a rundown of the finals and some other International 3 highlights.

Final Match

The final match culminated in a best-of-five series between Ukraine’s Na’Vi and Sweden’s The Alliance.

Na’Vi lost Game 1 with an extremely high-risk move of drafting unconventional heroes. Game 2 saw Na’Vi collect themselves and coming back with an equalizing win.

Game 3 was much more contested, with Na’Vi attempting to secure Roshan, but not before Alliance players wiped the floor with them. Even still, Alliance saw themselves slowly losing engagements and towers. Eventually, Na’Vi was in the Alliance base, destroying multiple barracks, while the Alliance desperately tried to mount a counter-push into Na’Vi’s base, which ultimately failed.

With Na’Vi up 2-1, Alliance was now in a must-win situation. That loss lit a fire under them as the Alliance was able to come back in Game 4 with a win that was never in doubt.

The resulting match would be the first Game Five in the history of the International to decide which teams would be the Grand Champions. It was clear that both teams played their hearts out. In the final minutes of the match, Na’vi made a push into the Alliance base, but Alliance responded with a base push of their own by taking towers and other essential buildings. Na’Vi had to return to base in order to defend, but the Alliance kept chipping away until it finally toppled to secure the championship.

Spectators

Almost as big a story as the finals match-up was the International 3′s spectator turnout: 1,700 Dota 2 enthusiasts swarmed Benaroya Hall in Seattle. There were as many 1 million simultaneous viewers during the online stream.

Those are some pretty good numbers for eSports, second only to the Season 2 World Championships for League of Legends, which peaked at 1.1 million. Last year’s Dota 2 tournament reached 567,000 viewers.

Other Team News

Virtus.Pro has announced that three players have been released from their Dota 2 lineup, as they did not obtain the results Virtus.Pro were looking for. The team is currently looking for replacements and is in talks with other veteran Dota 2 players.

Other highlights from the tournament

Watch this clip for other notable moments throughout the rest of the tournament!

Pudge Highlights

I’m going to leave you with this entertaining highlight reel of team Na’Vi’s own Dendi as he plays Pudge and makes some jaw-dropping hooks on his opponents, dragging them back to his team fountain. Hilariously entertaining grabs!

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