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Stepan Shulga on “The International” gaming competition

Stepan Shulga on “The International” gaming competition

The e-sports world came together in Shanghai a few weeks ago for the biggest event in the industry’s calendar, The International competition. Now in its 9th year, 18 teams fought it out in the Dota 2 arena, at what is now officially the largest e-sports tournament in the world.

The crowd-funded prize pot reached a whopping $34 million, the largest in e-sports history. The final battle saw Team Liquid and OG - both previous winners of the competition, go head to head. Those lucky enough to be in Shanghai were treated to a nail-biting final, which saw OG take the crown and become the competition’s first repeat winners.

Although Virtus.pro, the Parimatch sponsored team didn’t reach the final, they walked away with almost $675,000 in prize money and were the highest placed CIS team in the competition. The team has a lot to be proud of as they look towards qualifying for the 2020 competition by playing the Dota Pro Circuit.

The popularity of e-sports shows no sign of waning, at Parimatch we spotted the opportunities within the e-sports industry quite a while ago. It wasn’t long ago that making the move into esports betting was seen as a crazy experiment for a legacy bookmaker like us. But our determination and high-risk high reward strategy paid off and we are now a leading e-sports betting partner. This years’ The International tournament saw over 55,000 players place just shy of a million bets with Parimatch, a record for us too! It just goes to show that anybody can make it like a champion in their field if they are prepared to brave the risks in order to succeed.

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