The world of eSports has become a thing. There is real money to be made in competitive video gaming and the Defense of the Ancients 2 (aka Dota 2) International competition is the biggest example.
The tournament has been held annually since 2011. This year's event is taking place in Seattle, Washington, at the Key Arena, the home of the former NBA franchise, the Seattle SuperSonics.
Dota 2 is the ever popular multiplayer online battle arena video game that has been critically acclaimed since it released in July 2013. Competition gets serious in this game, even when it's not being played for money.
When it is, this is high-stakes gaming at its pinnacle. Per David Mayor of The Next Digit, the total prize money for Dota 2 is a whopping $10,912,852. The winner will be awarded $5,019,912.
That's a lot of dough, and we're not talking about virtual currency. When you consider the game is a free-to-play, PC-only title, it is even more eye-popping.
Caken Games puts the prize money into perspective as it compares to the pinnacle for physical sports:
Think the performers in this sport don't face the pressure that athletes do? Check out this interview with Zai, a 16-year-old master gamer who competes for the Evil Geniuses team at the International:
The winning team will be named on Monday, July 21, and the games are even being broadcast on ESPN this year.
Yeah, things just got real.
If you want to see what this game is like in action, take a look at this video from an all-stars competition during this year's tournament:
If you're new to the game and still don't understand what the hype is about, check out the thorough breakdown of the game and the competition from Polygon's Arthur Gies.
Here's a look at the most updated scores and matches from Sunday.
DKdota2 Defeats LGDgaming
In one of the earliest games, Dkdota2 totally destroyed LGDgaming in a match that took just 27 minutes and 55 seconds:
Vici Gaming Dominant Early
In the first year the team has advanced beyond the qualifying rounds, they are making the most of their opportunity. Vici knocked off Evil Geniuses and DKdota2 twice.
Here's a look at the scores and characters used in the matches:
More scores are on the way as we move toward Monday's finale. The final day's action will certainly crown a new champion. No teams that have won the competition in previous years are still in the running. Because of that dynamic, we're assured of seeing new stars emerge.
Will Vici Gaming continue its run, or is there another team ready to take home the hefty prize? We'll know soon. Obviously, each team would love to come away with the top prize, but with the top three teams assured of million-dollar payouts, things are looking great for all the remaining squads.