Dota 2 has been one of the most popular games since its release back in 2013 and continues to be one of the strongest performing titles out in the market. Dota 2’s longevity was helped by the emergence of eSports as the game became one of the most played and watched eSports games. This is especially true in China where most of the top eSports stars are players who excel in Dota 2. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, professional eSports teams in China have earned $69.3M in prize money from playing Dota 2 as of March 2021.
Dota 2 Is Most Lucrative Game in China – Nearly $70M In Total Prize Money Won By Teams
Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena video game produced and created by developer Valve. Apart from being a top-selling game that players enjoy playing, Dota 2 is also known for its large involvement in the eSports scene. Teams around the world play in numerous professional leagues and tournaments, the largest of which is known as The International.
The International features a crowdfunded prize money system that has reached as high as $30M, making eSports the most lucrative esports game globally. In China, professional eSports players and teams have earned the most amount of prize money from Dota 2, dwarfing any of its main competitors.
eSports professional teams in China have won a total of $69.13M in prize money from Dota 2 as of March 2021. The next largest haul was by Dota 2’s main competitor League of Legends, only amassing $10M in total prize money. It is also the most lucrative game individually in China. Dota 2 professional players in China have earned a total of $62M in total prize money as of the same period.
Dota 2 Has Most Professional eSports Teams in China
Dota 2’s popularity in China is evident in that the game has the most eSports teams in the country. As of March 2021, there were approximately 110 professional Dota 2 teams in China. Overwatch had the second-most teams with 78 while no other game had more than 50 teams.
In terms of professional players in China, Overwatch has the most players with approximately 276. Dota 2 is close behind with 244 players but no other game had more than 180 professional players.
8 Of Top 10 Highest-Earning Professional eSports Teams In China Play Dota 2
Most of the highest prize money earning eSports teams in China played Dota 2. Chinese eSports team PSG.LGD have earned a total of $15.7M in prize money making them the highest-earning professional eSports team in China. Eight of the top ten highest-earning pro teams in China play Dota 2. Collectively these 8 teams have earned an estimated $60M in prize money.