The International 2013 Dota 2 Championship, Valve's worldwide Dota 2 championship tournament, achieved a peaked of more than 1 million simultaneous viewers across the three main online services, Valve announced today.
The three services included in the concurrent viewer count are Valve's own services, Twitch and Gamefy in China. According to Valve the figures don't include international TV broadcasts or those at Pubstomp events.
The five-day tournament was held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Aug. 7-11, and featured 16 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world. Alliance beat Natus Vincere in a five- game match to win more than $1.4 million in prize money. Team Orange, TongFu, Invictus Gaming, Team DK, Team Liquid and Fnatic took third to eighth places, respectively.
The prize pool totalled more than $2.8 million across eight rewards, with second place winning $632K, third with $287K and fourth receiving $201K. Through contributions made through Interactive Compendium purchases, Dota 2 players contributed more than $1 million to the prize pool.
Last month, Evo 2013 fighting game championship broke Twitch viewership records with 1.7 million unique viewers watching the tournament's official livestream channels. Dota 2 broke its own record in May for the most concurrent users in history on Steam when it registered a peak of 329,977 players. The day coincided with Dota 2's West Qualifier for The International tournament.