Money or International glory? What's more important to Dota 2 star SumaiL? - Dexerto

Money or International glory? What’s more important to Dota 2 star SumaiL?

Published: 22/Aug/2018 15:04 Updated: 22/Aug/2018 16:04

by Matt Porter


Dota 2 star SumaiL has given a brutally honest answer when asked what motivates him to win the International again.

19-year-old Sumail, who became the the youngest ever winner of the International in 2015, was posed the question by Dota 2 reporter Kaci Aitchison at this year’s tournament, which currently boasts a prize pool of $25 million.

The Evil Geniuses midlaner didn’t take long to respond, firing back with:

“Money! Everyone else is going to tell you that they’re playing because they’re super passionate. They love the game. No.That’s the good thing, right? I’m the best at it. But I can also make money out of it, so it’s just a bonus.”

When pushed by Evil Geniuses teammate Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson to pick one: the money or the title, SumaiL responded:

“What am I going to do with a title? I’ll take the money!”

Of course being the best player in the world will bring riches. The prize pool for this year’s International tournament stands at an astonishing $25 million.

The International, currently taking place in Vancouver, Canada, is the final event of the Dota 2 season, and is widely regarded as the biggest tournament in esports, due to the size of the prize pool. 

Valve uses crowdfunding to inflate the prize pool by selling a battle pass, which features new characters, skins and other cosmetic items, while taking a cut of the profits for The International’s prize pool. 

This year’s tournament has already broken the record for the largest prize pool in esports history, dwarfing the $4.9 million prize pool at last years League of Legends World Championship.

SumaiL and Evil Geniuses in the second round of the Winners Bracket, after finish second in their pool during the group stage. Their next game is on August 22nd against OG.


ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch


ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
Bart Oerbekke/ESL
ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.