Team Spirit wins the Dota 2 International 10 Championship

jsilva

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In brief: Team Spirit and PSG.LGD fought against each other for Dota 2's prize pool of $18 million and the prestigious Aegis trophy over the weekend. After winning two matches, Team Spirit allowed PSG.LGD to tie the series to 2-2. However, in the last game, Team Spirit gave all they had and took home the championship title.

Team Spirit has received the largest single money prize in esports by winning the Dota 2 International 10 - $18,208,300, to be exact, and the Aegis trophy, Team Spirit's win over PSG.LGD comes 10 years after the last time an Eastern European team won the championship (Na'Vi in 2011).

The event was held in Romania's largest stadium, the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, after the Swedish Sports Federation and Sweden's Minister of the Interior didn't consider the International an elite sports event.

After being knocked to the lower bracket by Team Secret, which ended up in 3rd place, Team Spirit climbed all the way up to the finals, where it defeated PSG.LGD. Through its journey, Team Spirit won against the previous champions OG, its fellow countrymen Virtus.Pro and even the Dota 2 International 2012 champions, Invictus Gaming.

We've been aware of Dota 2 championship's prize pool for some time, but back then, we didn't know how it would be divided among the winners. The teams that finished in 18-5th place received between $100,000 and $1,400,600, which was almost the same as the winners of the first Dota 2 International in 2011 ($1,600,000).

As for the podium, Invictus Gaming got 4th place, winning $2,401,100, and Team Secret finished 3rd, taking home $3,601,600. PSG.LGD, which received the silver after its defeat against the champions, still won $5,202,400, so basically, each team member is now a millionaire thanks to Dota 2. Who said that being good at video games can't make you rich?

Those interested in watching or re-watching the event may do it through Dota 2's YouTube Channel.

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Hexic

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Swedens authorities are correct. DOTA 2 is not a sport.

It’s an eSport.

And eSports have higher viewership numbers than MLS, NHL, NBA, and MLB in the US - only to be beaten by, obviously, the NFL.

Given time, there will be enough money circulating around that definitions will be given serious considerations to change. ESPN has been showing eSports championships for years now.
 

Sausagemeat

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It’s an eSport.

And eSports have higher viewership numbers than MLS, NHL, NBA, and MLB in the US - only to be beaten by, obviously, the NFL.

Given time, there will be enough money circulating around that definitions will be given serious considerations to change. ESPN has been showing eSports championships for years now.
Viewership numbers does not mean a sport.

And sure you can call it an E sport. I see that as something that is radically different to regular sport, in almost every single way. They should get a better name that removes “sport” from the name to be less misleading.

Dota 2 and other “E sports” have more in common with chess than actual sports.
 

Hexic

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Viewership numbers does not mean a sport.

And sure you can call it an E sport. I see that as something that is radically different to regular sport, in almost every single way. They should get a better name that removes “sport” from the name to be less misleading.

Dota 2 and other “E sports” have more in common with chess than actual sports.
Viewership does mean money, and money dictates importance, and importance can categorize what anything is in a cesspool of other things. Viewership directly dictates how important anything is, anywhere.

eSports (at a professional level) are actually very similar to traditional sports, if you look into what it takes to perform at the levels needed to compete. I’d heavily suggest you look into this, it’s quite enlightening.

The world is evolving my friend - you may not like or prefer it, but it’s changing. The term “sport” isn’t the issue here, it’s the old school mentality desperately refusing to accept the fact of any change at all.
 

Sausagemeat

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Viewership does mean money, and money dictates importance, and importance can categorize what anything is in a cesspool of other things. Viewership directly dictates how important anything is, anywhere.

eSports (at a professional level) are actually very similar to traditional sports, if you look into what it takes to perform at the levels needed to compete. I’d heavily suggest you look into this, it’s quite enlightening.

The world is evolving my friend - you may not like or prefer it, but it’s changing. The term “sport” isn’t the issue here, it’s the old school mentality desperately refusing to accept the fact of any change at all.
Nope, esports tournaments have more in common with a chess tournament
than a sports tournament. And actually you can’t just classify things how you want. Most actual sports programmes are incentivised in countries with tax breaks. This is done by governments to help keep the nation healthy. Playing Dota 2 is not healthy.

Computer games are 100% not a sport my friend. No matter how much you desperately repeat yourself and say it is, it will never be one.
 

Hexic

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Nope, esports tournaments have more in common with a chess tournament
than a sports tournament. And actually you can’t just classify things how you want. Most actual sports programmes are incentivised in countries with tax breaks. This is done by governments to help keep the nation healthy. Playing Dota 2 is not healthy.

Computer games are 100% not a sport my friend. No matter how much you desperately repeat yourself and say it is, it will never be one.
I’ve never stated that computer games were a sport, careful on the inflection there - it’s key.

Your opinions on the matter are those of your own, as well as your overarching description of ‘healthy’ - but are unfortunately not indicative of economy, entertainment value, or future prospects to the industry.

And you may want to perform some research before you make statements such as your tax break; as a quick Google search has already proven you wrong there. The US state of Georgia has been issuing tax credits to esports organizations for years.

In addition, the P1 Visa, which historically has been reserved for professional athletes to the US have been issuing P1 Visas or foreigners to play eSports international tournaments within the States for years.

There’s more to this than you think, that much is obvious.
 

Sausagemeat

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I’ve never stated that computer games were a sport, careful on the inflection there - it’s key.

Your opinions on the matter are those of your own, as well as your overarching description of ‘healthy’ - but are unfortunately not indicative of economy, entertainment value, or future prospects to the industry.

And you may want to perform some research before you make statements such as your tax break; as a quick Google search has already proven you wrong there. The US state of Georgia has been issuing tax credits to esports organizations for years.

In addition, the P1 Visa, which historically has been reserved for professional athletes to the US have been issuing P1 Visas or foreigners to play eSports international tournaments within the States for years.

There’s more to this than you think, that much is obvious.
Actually you ought to do more research, you clearly have a very poor understanding of what a sport is. You aren’t a sports player if you receive a visa or get a tax break, that does not define sport. Just because visas usually reserved for athletes have been used for dota players does not mean dota players are athletes.

I urge you to look up the definition of “sport” or “athletic”. You will find that esports do not fit these definitions. The same with race car drivers. They do not say they compete in a sport, they say motorsport and there is a difference. Although esports players are closer to chess or tabletop games in terms of altheticism.

Let me re affirm to you, esports are not sports. In the same way motorsport is not regular sport. There isnt more going on than I think. If you think Dota 2 is a sport, you are factually incorrect.