Dota 2

Dota 2

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$88,324,552.51 From 653 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2011-08-17 to

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game developed by Valve Corporation. It's a stand-alone sequel to the WarCraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars (DotA:All-stars for short, or simply DotA). Development of Dota 2 began in 2009, when the current developer of the DotA mod, IceFrog, was hired by Valve as lead designer. Dota 2 was released as a free-to-play title on Steam, and is a direct competitor to League of Legends and the less popular game Heroes of Newerth.

Dota 2 prize pools can reach over $1 million through the use of crowd-funding. The International is Valve's annual tournament for Dota 2, where the best Dota 2 players compete for a crowd-funded, multi-million dollar cash prize pool. Prior to releasing the Compendium for The International 2015 (abbreviated to TI5), Valve announced plans for the Dota Major Championships which encompasses The International and three Valve-sponsored events leading up to it. The TI5 prize pool ended up being over $18 million.

On June 12, 2015, Valve announced that Dota 2 would be ported over to the Source 2 engine, in an opt-in beta update titled "Dota 2 Reborn". The update included a new user interface framework design, ability for custom game modes, and replacing the original Source engine with Source 2, officially making Dota 2 the first Source 2 game. The beta was released to the public on June 17, 2015, and fully replaced the original game client on September 9, 2015.

Largest Prize Pools

 Tournament NamePrize Money
1.» The International 2016$20,770,640.00
2.» The International 2015$18,429,613.05
3.» The International 2014$10,931,103.00
4.DAC 2015$3,057,521.00
5.» The Frankfurt Major 2015$3,000,000.00
6.» The Manila Major 2016$3,000,000.00
7.» The Shanghai Major 2016$3,000,000.00
8.» The International 2013$2,874,407.00
9.» The International 2011$1,600,000.00
10.» The International 2012$1,600,000.00
11.» World Cyber Arena 2015 (Dota 2)$677,284.40
13.» WCA 2014 (Dota 2)$472,410.00
14.» i-league Season 3 (Dota 2)$420,251.38
15.» ESL One Frankfurt 2016$313,746.00
16.» The Summit 2$313,589.00
17.» i-League Season 1$308,200.00
18.» SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 (Dota 2)$300,000.00
19.» SL i-League XIV Finals (Dota 2)$300,000.00
20.» ESL One Frankfurt 2015$296,202.00
21.» ESL One New York 2015$286,589.00
22.» MLG World Finals 2015 (Dota 2)$284,953.00
23.» Game Show GEC S1 (Dota 2)$280,000.00
24.MarsTV Dota 2 League Winter 2015$277,350.00
25.» XMG Captains Draft 2.0$273,238.00

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.United States UNiVeRsESaahil Arora$2,635,045.24
2.United States ppdPeter Dager$2,602,008.62
3.United States FearClinton Loomis$2,381,799.79
4.Pakistan SumaiLSumail Hassan$2,315,847.74
5.China iceiceLi Peng$1,951,579.63
6.China bLinkZhou Yang$1,908,030.02
7.China y`Zhang Yiping$1,908,030.02
8.China Faith_bianZhang Ruida$1,907,969.60
9.China ShadowChu Zeyu$1,907,869.60
10.Canada Aui_2000Kurtis Ling$1,903,128.64
11.China xiao8Zhang, Ning$1,782,002.54
12.China HaoChen, Zhihao$1,753,405.94
13.China MuZhang, Pan$1,386,339.63
14.Estonia PuppeyClement Ivanov$1,347,106.30
15.China BananaJiao, Wang$1,267,523.72
16.Denmark MiSeRyRasmus Fillipsen$1,254,439.57
17.China SanShengWang, Zhaohui$1,198,813.87
18.China MMY!Lei, Zengrong$1,100,227.04
19.China FenrirLu, Chao$1,087,957.78
20.Sweden ZaiLudwig Wåhlberg$1,080,196.90
21.Romania w33Aliwi Omar$1,080,030.78
22.Singapore iceiceiceKoh, Daryl Pei Xiang$1,071,965.96
23.Germany KuroKyKuro Takhasomi$1,043,397.61
24.China SylarLiu, Jiajun$992,812.73
25.China SuperXie, Junhao$963,243.64

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$3,870,914.004.38%


» League of Legends+$51,683,893.63
» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive+$62,790,416.98
» StarCraft II+$67,116,301.56
» Heroes of the Storm+$81,541,645.86
» Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft+$81,783,161.64
» Smite+$82,516,389.76
» Heroes of Newerth+$85,660,661.31
» Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare+$85,726,257.51
» Defense of the Ancients+$87,467,131.86

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.China China$35,383,604.65
2.United States United States$9,594,430.00
3.Sweden Sweden$6,064,586.10
4.Ukraine Ukraine$4,633,190.66
5.Canada Canada$4,436,579.89
6.Malaysia Malaysia$3,424,567.91
7.Denmark Denmark$2,952,913.72
8.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$2,846,257.36
9.Russian Federation Russian Federation$2,554,964.25
10.Pakistan Pakistan$2,318,115.54

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United Kingdom 2GDJames HardingCommentator, Host
United States BlitzWilliam LeeAnalyst, Commentator
United States LuminousDavid ZhangCommentator
Denmark MaelkJacob Toft-AndersenAnalyst, Commentator
United States MerliniBen WuAnalyst, Commentator
Sweden PajkattPer Anders Olsson-LilleAnalyst
United Kingdom ReDeYePaul ChalonerHost
Netherlands SexyBamboeAlaan FarajAnalyst