Being a pro-gamer may be lucrative if you're very good. (Image: www.shunghal.com)
Yeah, yeah, we know that the Rio Olympics 2016 is exciting, but come August 8, 16 teams from all over the world will be competing to win the biggest prize pool in E-Sport's history—US$19 million (RM77 million)—at the International DoTA 2 Championships. The teams consist of players hailing from the USA, Canada, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia (including Malaysia!), South Korea, Philippines and Sweden.
The 'sporting event' will be held from August 8 to August 13 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. DoTA 2is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game that fuses action games, role-playing games and real-time strategy games together.
The tournament is hosted by the game's developer, Valve Corporation. The first championship took place back in 2011 in Cologne, Germany, where the total prize pool had only been US$1.6 million (RM6.5 million). Last year, the prize pool had totaled over US$18 million (RM72.9 million), and it was won by Evil Geniuses, who bagged the US$6 million (RM 24.3 million) grand prize.
With millions of dollars at stake, it's no wonder that e-sports' popularity is growing tremendously. Gone are the days when people thought playing computer games is simply a waste of time!