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Ninjas in Pyjamas announce new Dota 2 roster built around PPD

Published: 20/Sep/2019 16:57 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 17:38

by Scott Robertson


The Ninjas in Pyjamas have unveiled their new Dota 2 roster ahead of the upcoming Dota 2 Pro Circuit for 2019-2020.

Peter ‘ppd’ Dager and NiP are starting from scratch. Before the official announcement on September 20, it became known that the majority of the TI5 winner’s teammates would no longer wear the NiP colors. Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks announced a new roster stack that included NiP teammate Neta “33” Shapira. And Martin ‘Saska’ Sazdov announced that he would be taking an extended break. 

In their September 20, NiP not only unveiled their new roster, but revealed a reunion between championship teammates. 

“As of today, we are proud to be announcing that Peter “ppd” Dager will be staying on as our team captain while inviting his former teammate Saahil “Universe” Arora along with three rising stars to join our ranks.”

Universe and ppd were teammates together on Evil Geniuses for a number of years. Together, the team won themselves a lot of trophies, finished with high results at a number of major, and reached the pinnacle of Dota when they won the International 2015.

PPD and Universe with their EG teammates after winning TI5

NiP’s full Dota 2 roster:

Oliver “Skiter” Lepko
Nico “Gunnar” Lopez
Saahil “Universe” Arora
Malthe “Biver” Winther
Peter “ppd” Dager

Skiter and Biver most recently played for INFAMOUS at the EPICENTER major in 2019, but that’s a different INFAMOUS roster from the South American roster that made the deep run at TI9. Gunnar is a young American player with plenty of potential.

Since Evil Geniuses, Universe spent nearly a year with Fnatic, and then half a year with Forward Gaming before the org closed its doors this past July.

In the official NiP announcement, the organization said they met their goals since re-entering the Dota 2 scene: win a trophy, qualify for The International, and establish themselves as a team to be reckoned with. But PPD says that he’s still not satisfied:

“Last year didn’t end as I hoped so we’ve decided to switch things up. I’m teaming up with my old-teammate Universe and a few up-and-coming talents to hopefully achieve greatness.”


DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.

25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.