Neoseeker : News : Dota 2's The International prize pool crosses $10,000,000 due to Compendium crowdfunding
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mikes4real Jun 27, 14
The world of eSports is growing, taken as a joke like UFC in the early days. I wonder how the eSports haters will take this.
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MuLLeR Jun 27, 14
quote mikes4real
The world of eSports is growing, taken as a joke like UFC in the early days. I wonder how the eSports haters will take this.
As someone who follows eSports on and off, I think the name as well as the comparisons to stuff like professional football or basketball don't do anything to help the scene's credibility. I always laugh a little when I see people argue that it's a sport comparable to any other.

Anyway, a pretty nice looking prize pool, but I don't see Dota's eSport scene ever being on par with LoL's unless Valve themselves want to directly invest in it.
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random citizen Jun 27, 14
People laugh but they seem to forget that all sports they watch today are just mere games and hobbies back then..

What makes this game any different? Just because its different from traditional stuff?
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MuLLeR Jun 28, 14
When I play LoL for a few hours, I don't tell people I've been playing sports all day, because that would be totally misleading. I realize there's literal definitions that could allow you to label Monopoly as a sport, but they sometimes need to be discarded in favor of common sense and clarity.
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ShinyMilotic Jun 28, 14
The difference between sports and e-sports is there are athletes in sports and players in e-sports...

As warm up for TI4, ESL One is happening right now which is also pretty huge and in an arena if anyone's interested: stream
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teodortenchev Jun 28, 14
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When I play LoL for a few hours, I don't tell people I've been playing sports all day, because that would be totally misleading. I realize there's literal definitions that could allow you to label Monopoly as a sport, but they sometimes need to be discarded in favor of common sense and clarity.
But you are only playing for fun. That's not the same as e-sports. You are one of the millions of casual players just like me who play the game for personal enjoyment.

E-sports are still sports. If chess is qualified as a sport then a big part of the competitive games should be too. There are teams, there is teamwork and coordination, there are team captains, there are people who cheer for the players. It's a sport by and anyone can laugh all they want.

Is it worth it yet to dedicate yourself to playing professionally? Not really, unless you really love gaming all the time and don't like anything else at the moment. Most professional gamers made very little money so far even the biggest stars in LoL are not rich. If they were big in NBA well... then they'd be swimming in money.

But give it some time. One USA university is already giving scholarships and is recruiting for their varsity team (for League of Legends). More will follow.
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Ascii Jun 28, 14
That's amazing. I actually purchased the compendium book myself and have reached level 52 or something like that in it. I'm really hoping to see more people get into the Dota scene.
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