Five Chinese Dota 2 players win $5m

The International has been won.

The largest pot of prize money in eSports history has gone to Chinese Dota 2 team Newbee, which has won The International competition and $5,028,174.

The triumphant members of Newbee hold the Aegis trophy aloft.

Chen "Hao" Zhiha, Zhang "Mu" Pan, Zhang "xiao8" Ning, Wang "Banana" Jiao and Wang "Sansheng" Zhaohui - the five players that make up Newbee - came from behind in the final to beat ViCi Gaming, in what the Dota 2 blog called "a domination". ViCi Gaming will walk away with a still-impressive second place payout of $1,475,660.

The payouts are generous all the way down to seventh and eight place, which award $519,214. The total prize pool for The International was $10,930,814 - a figure amassed by sales of the Compendium, which rewarded buyers with increasingly more gifts the more people bought it.

Dota 2 developer Valve started the prize fund at $1.6m.

Four of the five games played in the final match are available to watch via video replay.

The Dota 2 International event took place in Seattle - Valve's home town - towards the end of last week and over the weekend. Its colossal prize pool made it easily the most lucrative eSports tournament in history.

Valve's Free to Play documentary, which followed the journeys of three Dota 2 players at the 2011 International competition.

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