Users and usage
Defense of the Ancients 2 is one of the most popular eSports games in the world. Every year DOTA 2 tournaments attract hundreds of competitors and millions of viewers. In fact, The International (TI) – DOTA’s annual championship - ranks amidst the most watched eSports tournaments worldwide. TI 8, which took place in Canada in August 2018, attracted approximately 14.96 million peak concurrent viewers from all over the world. That same tournament had more than 730 thousand peak concurrent viewers on Twitch alone. The reason why DOTA 2 eSports events are highly popular among professional players is the prize pool offered by Valve. Unlike Riot Games (the publisher responsible for League of Legends tournaments), which focuses on providing players with a salary, Valve aims for raising the prize pools via direct or crowd-funding. DOTA’s 2018 championship’s prize pool reached 25.5 million U.S. dollars. Consequently, DOTA’s players rank as the highest earning eSports players worldwide.