The International, the highest paying esports tournament in the world, begins today in Shangahai. Here’s all you need to know about the event.

What is this tournament?

The International, aka TI, is the world championship tournament of the video game Dota 2. It is, and has been every year since 2013, the highest-paying esports tournament in the world.

This year is the ninth edition of the International, which began in 2011, so it is known colloquially as TI9.

Sorry, what’s esports?

Competitive video gaming.

It’s becoming increasingly popular, with players streaming to fans over Twitch, and tournaments in several different games offering multimillion-dollar prizes.

We reported on the hype and attraction of TI6 three years ago if you’re interested in seeing what the grand finals event is like, or check out these two Kiwis who had hoped to win the Fortnight World Cup last month.

So, how much money is at stake this time?

More than $US32,986,815.

Unlike most other esports, the prize pool for this tournament has since 2013 been partly based on in-game sales of the ‘Compendium’, with 25 percent of the sale price going back to support the pros.

As of now The International 2019 prize pool represents approximately 72% of all earnings in Dota 2 since the last TI.

The highest share since TI4.

– Liquipedia Dota 2 (@LiquipediaDota)
August 13, 2019

It also gives players access to various in-game cosmetics, a fantasy league, collectible player ‘cards’ and other stuff for fans.

This has meant the prize value each year has been higher than the last. It has already surpassed last year’s and as sales are still going on, the prize pool could yet climb higher.

Where is it being held?

Shanghai’s 18,000-seat Mercedez-Benz arena in China. Although Dota 2 is hugely popular in China, this is the first year The International has been held there, though there have been high-profile Dota tournaments in China before

The first one in 2011 was in Cologne, then it was in Seattle for six years. Last year it was in Vancouver, Canada, when Seattle’s Key Arena went under construction.

The 18 Chinese players far outnumber the number of players from other regions, with the nine Philippines players the second-most.

In some quirk of fate too, the winning team has gone back and forth between a Western-based team and a Chinese-based team every year until last year when Chinese team LGD lost the grand final to EU team OG.

Don’t let those labels fool you, either. Many teams will be …read more

Source:: Daily Times


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