The International, DOTA 2’s global MOBA tournament, came to a close this weekend and a number of records were set in the process. The first record, and one you’ve likely already seen if you follow the professional eSports circuit, was the over $18 million crowdfunded prize pool. This is the largest prize pool for Valve’s free to play tournament.

On the winner’s side of the record books, an American team took the top spot for the first time in tournament history. Evil Geniuses, a team that had a bit of a mixed bag year in 2014 with roster changes and shuffles, managed to overcome these trials and take home over $6.6 million when they beat CDEC in a very tight 3-1 match.

We’ll have to wait and see if viewership reached a new record as numbers haven’t been made official yet, but if Twitch stream totals are anything to base some guessing on, expect viewership online to register in the millions of viewers area.

Congratulations to the new champions, Evil Geniuses!

Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.


  1. Why would u look only at twitch there was also valve’s stream on their own website there was youtube too…why only twitch lol

    • He’s using Twitch views of this match to compare them to previous matches on Twitch to see the increase in viewers and estimate whether the overall viewership will see a record breaking increase. It’s not inaccurate at all, nor did he ever say anything about the other mediums not being considered at all. It’s easy to see that if Twitch shows a large increase in viewership this match, that others will as well. It’s a perfectly good way to estimate without having the official numbers…


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