Barely over an hour ago, OG were able to become the first team ever in the history of Dota 2 to raise the Aegis of Champions twice – as well as being the only team to defend their title. With the victory, the team have all entered the highest ranks of esports earnings.
The International 2019 boasted a gigantic prize pool, the largest in the history of all esports; beating out all competitors when it peaked over $30,000,000 and then proceeding to reach $34,306,390. After OG had won the prestigious event in 2018, the five players begun to make their way up the rankings – but this was not the first time for some of them to be seen on the list.
Back in 2016 and early 2017, in the early days of OG, the squad posted some amazing results – winning 4 Majors; Frankfurt, Manilla, Boston and Kiev. While this was before the Dota 2 Pro Circuit was created, the tournament’s each featured a prize pool of $3,000,000 of which around $1,000,000 went to the winning teams. At this point in time, OG was a bit different, with the likes of Amer ‘Miracle’ Al-Barkawi, Tal ‘Fly’ Azik and Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson all being a part of the squad – while the extremely well-known Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs was still coaching.
However, this was the point when OG first hit the radars with their amazing lineup before fading away for a short time – until The International 2018, when they burst forward to secure a victory. Many called that victory a “fluke” or said that OG got “lucky” and now, after a grueling TI9, they have silenced the critics.
The updated earnings figures for esports sees OG overtake The International 2017 winning Team Liquid squad, firmly placing all five players at the very top of the rankings. Each player from the squad earned over $3,000,000 for the win – a sum which was actually greater than the amount earned by the recent Fortnite champion, who does not even make the top 10 of the earnings list.
Congratulations to OG on their amazing victory, the brilliant records they set and on proving just how far the passion for gaming can take you.