What is this tournament?
The International, aka TI, is the world championship tournament of the video game Dota 2. It is, and has been every year since 2013, the highest-paying esports tournament in the world.
This year is the ninth edition of the International, which began in 2011, so it is known colloquially as TI9.
Sorry, what’s esports?
Competitive video gaming.
It’s becoming increasingly popular, with players streaming to fans over Twitch, and tournaments in several different games offering multimillion-dollar prizes.
We reported on the hype and attraction of TI6 three years ago if you’re interested in seeing what the grand finals event is like, or check out these two Kiwis who had hoped to win the Fortnight World Cup last month.