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Dota 2: The International 2019 surpasses Fortnite World Cup’s mega prize pool

Published: 21/Jul/2019 9:45 Updated: 21/Jul/2019 10:37

by Connor Bennett


The prize pool for Dota 2’s The International 2019 has finally surpassed the Fortnite World Cup’s $30 million and is continuing to grow. 

The International, which is now in its ninth installment, is the showpiece event of the competitive Dota calendar – as 18 teams battle it out over 10 days to try and claim the Aegis of Champions. 

Each and every year, the prize pool for the event has continued to rise thanks to fans crowdfunding through the in-game battle pass – earning cosmetics and unlocking brand new game modes with their cash. Despite have their record seemingly snatched away from them by Fortnite, and being under pressure to respond, the Dota 2 community has finally taken back their record with an eye-watering amount. 

ValveDota 2 fans will descend on Shanghai, China for The International 9.

On July 21, at around 12 AM PST, Dota finally eclipsed the absurd $30 million mark by a few thousand dollars.

At the time of writing, the prize pool for The International 9 stands at $30,017,526 according to the Dota 2 prize pool tracking website and looks set to continue its growth upon previous International events, never mind solely the World Cup. 

As it stands, The International 9 is already $5 million ahead of last year’s record-breaking 25.5 million total. It took fans a touch over 105 days to raise that amount but they’ve already been able to hit $30 million in just over 74 days. 

Twitter: wykrhmDota reclaimed it’s throne as having the largest prize pool for a single esports event.

Yet, with 35 days left until crowdfunding concludes, the prize pool could very well continue to surge to new levels.

Valve has yet to release the highly-anticipated Immortals Treasure III – which will be filled with plenty of legendary cosmetics – and fans will likely still want to splash out in the hopes of grabbing the new skins. 

With the Fortnite World Cup fast approaching on July 26, Epic Games will be disappointed that they won’t be able to boast about having the large esports prize pool for long.

For now, thanks to the incredible support for their game shown by Dota fans, they hold the record once again.


Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

Moogy from Dota 2
Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

Dota2 on Weibo
Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.