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Winning team pockets US$15m

More than 600,000 people watched captivated online and thousands packed the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Pudong to see Team OG take home an eSports-record US$34.3-million prize pool yesterday.

The holder defeated fellow European side Team Liquid 3-1 in the grand final of The International, a world championship in the multiplayer battle game Dota 2.

The victorious OG team will pocket at least US$15.6 million, with Team Liquid taking US$4.5 million.

Eighteen teams from all over the world, each with five players, took part in the annual competition of professional players specializing in the hugely popular online game.

Liquid defeated PSG.LGD — the China-based team affiliated to French football giant Paris Saint-Germain — to reach the decider. PSG.LGD won just over US$3 million. In fact, two of the top five ranked teams were from China — the other being Vici Gaming. Chinese teams occupied three of the top eight positions.

It was the first time Chinese teams missed the decider in the tournament.

It’s also the first time that The International was staged in China. Hosted by game developer Valve Corporation, TI9 started its group stage competition earlier this month.

Dota 2 is a 2013 multiplayer online battle arena video game. Two teams of five players compete by selecting characters known as “heroes,” each with a variety of innate skills and abilities, and cooperate together to be the first to destroy the base of the other team, which ends the match.


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