Dota 2 Esports

Dota 2

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$343,119,433.04 From 1877 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2011-08-17 to

Dota 2 is an action real-time strategy game developed and published 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, the largest in Dota 2 esports, 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, with the prize money continuing to grow year-after-year.

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 2021$40,018,400.00
2.» The International 2019$34,330,069.00
3.» The International 2018$25,532,177.00
4.» The International 2017$24,687,919.00
5.» The International 2016$20,770,460.00
6.» The International 2022$18,930,256.00
7.» The International 2015$18,429,613.05
8.» Riyadh Masters 2023$15,120,000.00
9.» The International 2014$10,931,103.00
10.» Riyadh Masters 2022$4,200,000.00
11.» The International 2023$3,380,904.00
12.» DAC 2015$3,057,521.00
13.» The Boston Major 2016$3,000,000.00
14.» The Frankfurt Major 2015$3,000,000.00
15.» The Kiev Major 2017$3,000,000.00
16.» The Manila Major 2016$3,000,000.00
17.» The Shanghai Major 2016$3,000,000.00
18.» The International 2013$2,874,381.00
19.» The International 2011$1,600,000.00
20.» The International 2012$1,600,000.00
21.» China Dota2 Supermajor 2018$1,500,000.00
22.» WESG 2016 (Dota 2)$1,500,000.00
23.» WESG 2017 (Dota 2)$1,500,000.00
24.» BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024$1,000,000.00
25.» DAC 2018$1,000,000.00

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Denmark N0tailJohan Sundstein$7,172,436.83
2.Finland JerAxJesse Vainikka$6,486,075.22
3.Australia anaAnathan Pham$6,024,411.96
4.France CebSébastien Debs$5,891,342.73
5.Finland TopsonTopias Taavitsainen$5,722,674.53
6.Russian Federation MiposhkaYaroslav Naidenov$5,635,952.09
7.Ukraine YatoroIlya Mulyarchuk$5,407,553.55
8.Russian Federation CollapseMagomed Khalilov$5,403,791.67
9.Ukraine MiraMiroslaw Kolpakov$5,389,579.65
10.Germany KuroKyKuro Takhasomi$5,289,699.59
11.Jordan Miracle-Amer Al-Barkawi$4,889,085.26
12.Finland MatumbamanLasse Urpalainen$4,873,086.24
13.Bulgaria MinD_ContRoLIvan Ivanov$4,701,434.94
14.Estonia PuppeyClement Ivanov$4,312,402.74
15.Lebanon GHMaroun Merhej$4,294,387.60
16.Russian Federation TORONTOTOKYOAlexander Khertek$4,280,958.90
17.Sweden ZaiLudwig Wåhlberg$4,272,661.31
18.Pakistan SumaiLSumail Hassan$4,012,889.31
19.China y`Zhang, Yiping$3,939,492.20
20.China AmeWang, Chunyu$3,919,904.27
21.China Faith_bianZhang, Ruida$3,859,231.98
22.China SomnusLu, Yao$3,311,116.16
23.North Macedonia SaksaMartin Sazdov$3,151,808.45
24.China fyXu, Linsen$3,116,045.98
25.United States UNiVeRsESaahil Arora$3,057,237.67

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$39,158,684.5811.41%


» Fortnite+$163,683,512.47
» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive+$180,808,811.71
» League of Legends+$235,116,027.32
» StarCraft II+$301,963,718.54
» Hearthstone+$313,137,887.22
» Heroes of the Storm+$324,667,971.66
» SMITE+$331,084,320.29
» Heroes of Newerth+$340,045,987.32
» Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare+$340,507,624.11
» Defense of the Ancients+$342,245,941.39

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.China China$83,172,144.95
2.Russian Federation Russian Federation$35,410,036.28
3.Ukraine Ukraine$21,736,493.32
4.United States United States$17,514,378.05
5.Finland Finland$17,293,069.75
6.Sweden Sweden$16,992,860.91
7.Malaysia Malaysia$13,686,572.27
8.Denmark Denmark$13,430,807.43
9.Philippines Philippines$11,312,338.56
10.Germany Germany$10,945,148.66

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
Russian Federation lachesisQIan NepomniachtchiCommentator
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