M'sian and teammates bag RM10.75mil in Dota 2 tournament
A Malaysian and his teammates placed third in The International 2017, the world's most prestigious and lucrative e-sports tournament, bagging US$2.5 million (RM10.75 million) in prize money.
The International 2017, which took place in Seattle, United States, featured Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2), a five versus five team battle game.
Selangorian Tue "Ah Fu" Soon Chuan won the prize as part of the five-member China-based professional gaming team LGD Forever Young.
The prize money is subjected to taxes by the US government and management fees but each of the five players will still receive enough to become millionaires.
This is the second year in a row a team comprising a Malaysian representative had placed top three in The International.
The third place represents 10 percent of the total prize pool of US$24 million (RM103 million), mostly funded by the Dota 2 community.
Team Liquid bagged the grand prize and walked away with US$10.8 million (RM43 million) or 44 percent of the prize pool.
Malaysia is known for having a strong professional Dota 2 gaming community.
In 2012, Johor native Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan, as part of the China-based team Invictus Gaming, came out on top of the tournament.
In 2013 and 2016, two Malaysians teams also came in third at the tournament.
Four Malaysians in three separate teams qualified for The International 2017.