The International is an electronic sport that features Dota 2 championship tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the video developer behind Dota 2.
The International 2013 tournament was announced by Valve on 25th April 2013. The tournament was again hosted from August 7 to August 11 in Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
Sixteen teams had participated, out of which thirteen received the invitation. Valve announced that The International 2013 Dota 2 Championships doubled last’s year record viewership. Adding further, they said that the online viewership was also raised to 1 million gamers.
The first team to be invited was Invictus Gaming, the defending champions. The prize pool for the tournament was $2.87 million. The winner of The International 3 is Alliance, a group of five players from Sweden.
Alliance defeated team Natus Vincere in a five game match and earned the title and won more than $1.4 million. Natus Vincere was the winner of the 2011 tournament and was placed second a year later.
Lately the US government is officially recognizing programmers as professional athletes and hence Dota 2 has been making some waves in the news. Dota 2 was officially launched back in July after several years in beta.
During this years’ tournament a total of $2.8 million were awarded in prizes. The Dota 2 players contributed more than $1 million to the prize pool by contributions made through interactive compendium purchases last month.
The details of alliance vs Na’Vi match can be found on the Dota 2 blog.