Evil Geniuses Win Dota 2 International, Awarded $6.6 Million
Evil Geniuses won the 2015 Dota 2 International world championship this weekend, making this the first time an American team won the tournament.
Anyone who follows pro gaming have likely witnessed matches featuring members of the Evil Geniuses. The San Francisco-based EG team has primarily been known for its escapades in the fighting game scene, as Justin Wong, Yusuke Momochi, Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez and Kenneth "K-Brad" Bradley have won a variety of noteworthy championships over the past decade. Recently, Momochi won the grand finals of Evo 2015 for Ultra Street Fighter IV. Now, EG has another massive trophy to bring home to the States in the form of the Dota 2 International championship, along with a massive haul of $6.6 million in prize pool winnings.
Evil Geniuses members Fear, PPD, Universe, Aui and Sumail have become the first American players to win the annual Dota 2 tournament. One of its members, 16-year-old Sumail, has become one of the youngest millionaires in eSports history. Just last month, he previously said that he sold his bike just so he could play Dota.
Valve hosted the Dota 2 International tournament at the Keyarena Center in Seattle, WA. In the grand finals, EG beat the China-based team CDEC, 3-1. With a massive prize pool of over $18 million, EG won $6.6 million, CDEC was awarded $2.8 million and the rest of the prize pool was distributed among the semifinalists.
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