Team Newbee Wins The International, Earns $5 Million

The final of the official Dota 2 International world championship took place yesterday, with Chinese team Newbee winning the $5 million prize pot. Newbee beat another team from China, ViCi Gaming in front of a capacity crowd at Seattle's Key Arena. As a team, Newbee took home $5 million, while runner-up team ViCi Gaming received $1.5 million. The third-place team, North America's Evil Geniuses, earned $1 million total.

Newbee, which was formed earlier this year, features Chinese gamers Chen "Hao" Zhihao, Zhang "Mu" Pan, Zhang "xiao8" Ning, Jiao "Banana" Wang, and Zhaohui "SanSheng" Wang. Before taxes each team member earned $1 million. Not a bad payoff at all.

The event was broadcast via ESPN making The International 2014 its first live-streamed esports event on the network. Valve has not released data of viewership for this event (excluding ESPN's numbers), but it would not be surprising if this year's viewership number were up substantially over last year's.

You can watch an excellent recap of the finals here.

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