The International is over. Valve’s Dota 2 tournament has crowned a new grand champion team. Newbee, a five-man team from China, will take home a $5 million grand prize and the satisfaction of knowing they are the best at protecting lanes, killing creeps, and destroying towers. Newbee defeated fellow Chinese team ViCi Gaming by winning three straight games in the final set.
Besides inspiring kids everywhere to take up professional gaming as a legitimate path to riches, Dota 2 can claim the record for the largest eSports prize pool in history. The $10 million pool was raised mostly from players via Compendium purchases.