Dota 2 International 2015 in Seattle saw video game teams fight it out in a six days battle. The event saw tons of video gaming characters such as monsters and even wizards in a face offs, counter strikes, raids and battles that culminated in a finale last Saturday.
Five players made it to the final round and landed up higher than a million dollars. The tournament is currently in its fifth year and has enjoyed houseful popularity ever since it began. The seats—close to 17000—had all been sold out and the scales of popularity and the win for participants have only expanded over time. The current highest-prize money on offer at the Dota stands at 18 million dollars. When it had begun in 2011, the prize stood at 1 million dollar.
Fans witnessed the epic moves that lead the team Evil Geniuses to victory. A whiff of frost and a deep sounding smash were all that the winners needed for becoming champions.
The technology domain has always gained mighty much from the arena of video games and by the end of 2015 alone, the video gaming niche is expected to rake in revenues worth 111 billion dollars, according to data from Gartner Inc. Over the last few years, some have even taken to becoming professional video game players who compete at tournaments to win big.
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A report from Valve, also the official DOTA 2 publisher reveals that close to 11.5 million users per month get logged on for playing this game alone. The game sees couple of teams trying to wipe away the opponent’s bases over the online world.
For the DOTA 2, we saw teams and individual players coming to USA from places as far as Russia, South Korea, Ukraine and even China. However, despite this tournament being international in range, Evil Geniuses, the home team was being rooted for maximum as fans chanted “U-S-A” and “E-G” as the players made their moves. The team saw one Syed Sumail Hassan, a mere 16 year old player who is a Pakistani native. Hassan had moved to the US in search of scope to become a pro at video gaming. He is best known for being an electricity-based champ for his team. After winning the tournament, he chirped, “It just meant everything to me.”
Still think video gaming is a fad? Think again. As Ben Mussett says, “Traditional sports are kind of boring…..eSports are the future.”