Dota 2 is one of the world’s most popular competitive games. Having launched fully in 2013, the game has gone on to offer the highest esports tournament prize pool in the world.
The International, the biggest annual tournament in Dota 2, had a combined prize pool of $34.3m in 2019. It started at $1.6m, and increased via a portion of in-game purchases made by players.
It’s one of the most played titles with some 9m players as of December 2019, and is also one of the most watched games on streaming platform Twitch.
Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game like League of Legends, with players able to choose from more than 100 playable heroes. Two teams of five must compete with one another – the winner being the first to enter the opposing team’s stronghold and destroy their ancient.
Typical game length: 30-45mins
Price: Free to play (includes microtransactions)
Notable tournaments: The International, ESL One, WESG, various majors
Popularity: 9m players in the last month (Dec 2019)
Twitch: Around 100k viewers per day (link)
Launched: July 2013 (full launch, not including beta)
Pegi age rating: N/A (British Esports recommends around 12+, like similar title League of Legends)