The International Dota esports

Eight Years Ago, The Dota Esports Scene Changed Forever

In 2011, Dota esports and honestly, esports as a whole was still in its infant stage. Most players, even some of the top pro esports players, couldn’t really make a living from playing games and the prize pools were small, very small in comparison to what we have today. On 1 August 2011 (or roughly 02:00 on 2 August SA time if I remember correctly), Valve changed the Dota esports scene forever, announcing The International.

RELATED: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Gameplay, Cross-Play, Beta and Collector’s Editions Revealed

Dota 2 wasn’t even released back then and only a few select players were playing the game. You can read the original Dota 2 blog post in full right here. What made this announcement such a historic event is the $1 million prize pool which in 2011 was an insane amount of money for an esports tournament and well above anything we have seen before.

With The International, it was finally possible for professional players not only to make a decent living, but become really rich in the process. The first The International was an invite-only event and took place at Gamescom 2011 from 17 to 21 August. At the time, Gabe “GabeN” Newell said that:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#33ff6e” class=”” size=”22″]The International is the first public Dota 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game. I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and the level of play is extraordinary.[/perfectpullquote]

It turned out to be a historic event that I remember watching and thining to myself, this is the game I will play for decades to come. Eight years later and the prize pool for The International 2019 again made esports history, blasting past the $30 million mark and now sitting at a mind-blowing $31.3 million.

Natus Vincere ended up winning the tournament and managed to make their way to the finals of The International 2012 and The International 2013, a feat that has never been repeated since.

RELATED: Latest CS: GO Update Removes Workout, Adds Two New Maps to Official Matchmaking

Can you remember the first The International? Watch the first Free-to-Play documentary below to learn more about the tournament that changed the esports landscape forever.

[su_youtube url=”” width=”600″]

Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *