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World’s top eSports event kicks off in Shanghai

TI9, or the International Dota 2 Championships, officially opened yesterday in Shanghai, the first city in Asia to host the world’s top eSports event.

A total of 16 eSports teams from around the world will compete for prize money in excess of US$33 million at the Mercedes-Benz Arena during six days of competition. Of TI9’s prize money pot, which has surpassed that of football’s World Cup, about 45.5 percent, or 100 million yuan (US$14 million), will go to the championship team, the first time an eSports prize has exceeded US$10 million. Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, expressed his gratitude to Shanghai residents and local government for their hospitality and support for eSports. Valve is the TI9 organizer while Shenzhen-listed Perfect World is assisting in hosting the event in China. At yesterday’s ceremony, OG Team, champion at TI8 last year, presented the “Aegis of Champions” shield.


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