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ESPN Airs ‘Dota 2’ E-Sports Tournament, Winner Takes $5M Prize

The Dota 2 International Tournament wrapped up in Seattle on Sunday, with a five-man Chinese team called NewBee taking home $5 million prize.

The tournament grabbed headlines this weekend for its huge purse of $10 million, and because of the fact that it was broadcast on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3, sister networks of Fusion.

If you haven’t seen a Dota tournament before, you might be surprised to find an arena packed with 10,000 fans watching groups of guys playing video games on a stage. E-sports have been huge for a while, but many think this Dota 2 tournament is a key moment.

Fusion spoke with Vlad Savov, a contributor to TheVerge.com and e-sports fan himself, who wrote about the lives of professional gamers.