DOTA 2 Teams Battle Through the Tournament Brackets

As they compete for a six-figure prize, pro gamers explain what it's like to make video games into a career.

Released on 4/7/2016

Transcript

00:05
[Peter] When you're gaming as a career,
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it can be really, really stressful.
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This is an unforgiving game, an unforgiving scene.
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[Announcer] This is it, and with that,
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I think LGD is done for.
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If you don't perform well,
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then maybe you won't have a job next year.
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We are at the Beyond the Summit Studio, slash house.
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We have a, about $280,000 prize pool at the moment.
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The six best teams in the world competing.
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Five of us live here all year round.
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For the most part we are commentators and content creators.
00:41
The team has set up their playing rooms
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in our bedrooms, which is what kind of makes
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our event unique, that we have this
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kind of personal feel to it, where the teams
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would just feel very comfortable,
00:50
and just relax, have a good time.
00:52
We're here at the Summit 3, what day is it?
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I dunno.
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Day uh, two? Who cares, I'm in a tub.
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Day two, okay.
00:59
(electronic music)
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(chattering)
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[Player] It's a dirty game.
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[Peter] Jack!
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Yo!
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How's it going man?
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[Jack] Going pretty good, man, how about yourself?
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I'm Jack Etienne, I'm the team owner of Cloud 9.
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I started with one team, and now I'm at ten teams.
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I've been watching eSports grow
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and the level of interest and corporate sponsorships.
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Some multibillion dollar companies are behind us,
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Intel, Dell, Alienware, they can't get enough of it.
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It's like, people only do things because they get paid.
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And that's just really sad.
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Contract or no, I won't bow to any sponsor.
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(chime)
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Most eSports gamers are 19-23 years old.
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That's like the prime time where you decide
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where you wanna go for the rest of your life.
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It's such a simple job and becomes so complicated.
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You're basically learning communications,
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teamwork, how to work in difficult situations,
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under extreme pressure, in front of huge audiences.
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These type of life experiences of a 17 year old,
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18 year old, 19 year old, you can't actually get that.
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The prize pools for DotA sound pretty damn cool.
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It's a passion.
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We just play it for fun.
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The biggest event, every year,
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Valve hosts the International.
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Last year, in 2014, it got up to ten million dollars.
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First place walking away with
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a bit over five million dollars.
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There are some millionaires in the house right now,
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that won last year.
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It's pretty fun because I love
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to play video games now I'm getting paid for it.
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Back when I was in the Evil Geniuses,
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we won the most money besides the international for it.
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Individually, we each gained like, $300,000.
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We started to make really good money.
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My brother started playing it first,
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and then I started playing.
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Back when I was a little kid, I'd like
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come home from school, my friends would come on at 3:30,
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we'd just play DotA.
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Then they dropped off when they graduated,
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so now I'm like the solo DotA player in my crew.
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(rock music)
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It's always weird when you check your
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Facebook fan page, and people send you,
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I love you so much, please like, send me your hair.
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It's very weird, but I appreciate it.
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In the DotA world, I'm definitely pretty famous.
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Most often at like events, we'll get a lot of fans
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and people that make us feel like movie stars.
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When I meet fans, they come up,
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they'll either be screaming my nickname,
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BigDaddy, which for me is hilarious.
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If we have like a film crew come to
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one of our new houses, we can't
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have them film outside of the house because
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even if they blur the address,
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there will be people that will hop on Google Maps,
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they'll go street by street trying to
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identify like, the shape of the house.
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They'll show up.
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It began as a hobby for pretty much all of them,
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but it's become a dream come true.
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They are living professionals who get to compete
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on these teams.