7/21/2014—Seattle, WA, USA
Here: Zhang ‘xiao8’ Ning of the DOTA 2 team Newbee holds up the trophy, modeled on a virtual shield from Dota 2 called the Aegis of Champions. Newbee were the winners of The International, an annual tournament for the online arena battle game Dota 2.
Newbee won the best of five final, 3 games to 1.
"The International" is a video-game tournament hosted by Valve, a game maker based in Bellevue, WASH., with a prize pool reaching $10.8 million. this year the event was held at Key Arena in Seattle, WASH.
Contestants were playing Dota 2, a 2013 multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Valve. Five players are on each team, with teams traveling for around the world to battle at the sold-out event.
Photograph by Stuart Isett
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