Defense of the Ancients or more popularly known as DotA, is being played in one of the biggest e-sports events of the year. The International 2016 is being held the 8th of August, and is the sixth annual edition of The International. The tournament will be hosted in Seattle for the fifth consecutive year; it is the third consecutive year that the Main Event takes place at KeyArena, a multi-purpose arena in Seattle Center with a total seating capacity of over 17,000 people.
There is 90 participants from 22 different countries, where China, Sweden and the Philippines have the most players. The tournament has the biggest prize pool in the history of esports, at a total of $19,570,698, and where the 1st place is rewarded with $8,611,107.
Some have even seriously considered e-sports to be part of the Olympics. For many sports, the Olympics has been a legitimizer — a way for those sports to gain respectful recognition and take their rightful place alongside Olympian contests. Even marginalized sports such as softball, table tennis and trampolining have all taken part.
While Coubertin aimed to focus on ancient sports, since his time, the Olympics has grown to represent all types of athletic and mental abilities beyond what the Greeks practiced.
Now, more than one hundred years after Coubertin’s movement began, esports groups are hoping to bring the Olympics well and truly into the electronic age. While advocates admit there is still plenty of work to be done, they also say that with nearly 20 years of professional history, esports has earned its place in the Olympic family.
It’s a big question — what makes it a sport as opposed to a different kind of game? How much physicality should it have to be a contest? Chess was considered to be a sport in some literature, and Sports Illustrated used to cover chess up until the ’70s.
And if you still think Esports wouldn’t be a great Olympics fit, just check out all of these ridiculous sports that were actually in the Olympics.