Team Newbee wins $5 million Dota 2 prize | Brier Dudley's blog | Seattle Times A â€œdream teamâ€ of professional gamers from China won the historic $5 million prize at The International video-game tournament that concluded today at Seattleâ€™s KeyArena. Team Newbee won three â€œDota 2â€³ matches in a row to vanquish another Chinese powerhouse, Vici Gaming, in a final playoff that was webcast around the world and broadcast by ESPN. The 10,000 tickets sold for the event sold out in less than an hour. Online fantasy-action game â€œDota 2â€³ has more than 20 million players but The International attracted mainstream attention as its prize pool swelled to a record-setting $10.9 million, putting the event in the realm of professional sports. Bellevue game company Valve, the event organizer and publisher of â€œDota 2,â€ put $1.6 million in the pot and the rest came from purchases of a virtual booklet and bonus material called â€œThe Compendium.â€ Newbeeâ€™s five members take home the grand prize of $5,028,308 and a shield-like trophy called Aegis. ViCi didnâ€™t get the metal but still won $1,475,699. â€œI feel very happy,â€ said Newbeeâ€™s Ning Zhang, 25, who uses the screen name Xiao 8. Zhang has played for four years but heâ€™s still not sure what heâ€™ll do with his share of the prize. â€œI have not thought about how Iâ€™m going to spend the money,â€ he said. â€œI just won it.â€ Other team members are Chen â€œHaoâ€ Zhihao, Wang â€œSanshengâ€ Zhaohui, Zhang â€œMuâ€ Pan and Wang â€œBananaâ€ Jiao. The prize pot was more than three times higher than the $2.8 million raised for last yearâ€™s tournament, held at Benaroya Hall. So will next yearâ€™s prize pool be $30 million? Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi wouldnâ€™t predict the next pot size but said the company sees more potential for the Compendium approach with virtual goods supplementing the hostâ€™s contribution. â€œIf we do those things,â€ he said, â€œI assume thereâ€™s room for growth.â€ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ 1 million for each kid.