Recently I covered the history of eSports and how it has grown over the past few years. What started out as a one-off tournament turned into a fully-fledged industry. Now, eSports events all over the world are being held in stadiums traditionally reserved for the likes of football games.

One such event is the Dota 2 International, which is focused entirely on the best of the best when it comes to Dota 2 teams and players. But what is the International? Well, here’s a brief summary for you!

Structured And Sponsored

The Dota 2 International is an annual event run by Valve, the creators of Steam and of Dota 2, itself. The tournament features a total of 16 of the top tier Dota 2 teams, who compete against each other in a very structured tournament to crown that year’s champion team. The winning team also gets to share the top place prize pool between them, which has risen to some truly crazy heights in terms of money.

This money is largely generated by the sponsorship deals that have come into the Dota 2 International due to its popularity and viewership. With the likes of Twitch offering live coverage for the International to thousands of people around the world, it has been a perfect spectacle for sponsorship deals. This, in turn, means that the prize pools get bigger and the action within the tournament gets even fiercer.

A Battle of the Best

Considering the fact that only 16 teams can enter into the Dota 2 International tournament, it should be pretty obvious that you have to be at the top of your game, and of the game itself. After all, every single eSports team that plays Dota 2 will be looking to reach the International and win that prize pool.

This means that you are all but guaranteed some of the best matches you can watch when it comes to Dota 2. From extremely skilled players to ones fueled by sheer determination, you get to see a range of players at a calibre unlike anyone else.

A Worthy Prize

It’s very interesting, as well, to actually look at the prize pool and how much it has grown over the years since the Dota 2 International first began. In fact, it is also a really good way of understanding just how popular the tournament is these days as well. For example, the first Dota 2 International was held in Cologne, Germany during 2011. At that event, the winning prize pool was $1,600,000 to be shared between the winning team. That’s certainly not something to laugh at.

However, as of the Dota 2 International 2018, which was held in Vancouver last year, the prize pool has jumped to a staggering $25,500,000! That is a huge amount of money that many of us could only dream of! When you consider the fact that a team consists of just 5 players, splitting that money will make you incredibly wealthy. That’s why the Dota 2 International tournament is such a coveted tournament to enter.

And That’s All Folks

That was a brief summary of the Dota 2 International and why it is as influential and important within the eSports industry as it is. Having grown from (not-so) humble beginnings, the International has become one of the biggest and most fiercly competitive eSports tournaments out there.

If this has piqued your interest in playing Dota 2, I would definitely recommend checking out my initial learnings of the game here. Afterwards, though, why not come back here and let me know what you think about eSports, tournaments and the Dota 2 International in the comments below?