Dota 2

Dota 2

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$100,585,825.90 From 748 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

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.United States UNiVeRsESaahil Arora$2,824,396.47
2.United States ppdPeter Dager$2,602,008.62
3.Pakistan SumaiLSumail Hassan$2,505,232.14
4.United States FearClinton Loomis$2,381,799.79
5.China iceiceLi Peng$1,998,558.23
6.China bLinkZhou Yang$1,955,008.62
7.China y`Zhang Yiping$1,955,008.62
8.China Faith_bianZhang Ruida$1,954,948.20
9.China ShadowChu Zeyu$1,954,848.20
10.Canada Aui_2000Kurtis Ling$1,942,859.44
11.China xiao8Zhang, Ning$1,817,094.33
12.China HaoChen, Zhihao$1,755,205.94
13.Sweden s4Gustav Magnusson$1,394,946.91
14.China MuZhang, Pan$1,386,339.63
15.Estonia PuppeyClement Ivanov$1,376,106.30
16.Denmark MiSeRyRasmus Fillipsen$1,355,687.37
17.Denmark N0tailJohan Sundstein$1,279,892.35
18.Sweden ZaiLudwig Wåhlberg$1,273,746.91
19.China BananaJiao, Wang$1,267,523.72
20.China SanShengWang, Zhaohui$1,198,813.87
21.Israel FlyTal Aizik$1,196,074.71
22.Romania w33Aliwi Omar$1,181,278.58
23.Germany KuroKyKuro Takhasomi$1,156,128.41
24.China FenrirLu, Chao$1,135,954.79
25.Singapore iceiceiceKoh, Daryl Pei Xiang$1,127,603.56

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$5,084,868.145.06%


» League of Legends+$59,111,734.37
» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive+$65,249,071.06
» StarCraft II+$77,607,649.56
» Heroes of the Storm+$91,587,152.70
» Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft+$92,289,345.17
» Smite+$93,732,663.15
» Heroes of Newerth+$97,794,188.91
» Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare+$97,987,530.90
» Defense of the Ancients+$99,728,405.25

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.China China$38,671,618.37
2.United States United States$9,967,059.98
3.Sweden Sweden$6,946,656.56
4.Ukraine Ukraine$5,077,618.42
5.Canada Canada$4,846,331.32
6.Denmark Denmark$4,133,186.51
7.Malaysia Malaysia$3,664,219.13
8.Russian Federation Russian Federation$3,080,009.56
9.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$2,945,657.36
10.Pakistan Pakistan$2,507,699.94

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