PRESS RELEASE August 10, 2015, New York, US.

The eagerly anticipated Dota 2 International tournament 2015 took place August 3-8, 2015, with an $18million prize fund luring competitors from across the globe to the Key Arena in Seattle. Dota 2’s success this year has found it heralded as the highest profile eSports event ever hosted.

The event was won by US team Evil Geniuses – who had 16-year-old Syed Sumail Hassan in their ranks – after they defeated Chinese outfit CDEC in the final, with the victors becoming instant millionaires as they scooped over a third of the prize fund. Hassan, who was also part of the side that landed 1st place at the Dota 2 Asia Championships, admitted to having sold his bike in order to fund his love for the Valve Corporation game (full title Defense of the Ancients).

In addition to almost 100,000 attendees at the Key Arena across six days of competition, the event was fed live into over 400 participating theaters in the US, with millions of watchers online a fitting reflection of Dota’s truly global appeal.

While networking was expertly planned and executed, Dota 2 did come under threat from an unprecedented amount of unwanted external activity from parties whose sole intention was to bring a premature end to the event.

At its peak, particularly on day two, we were targeted by a burst of external interference. It was severe, frequent and highly organized, but thanks to the experience and fast actions of onsite consultants OptaNet any risk to the event – which boasts a prize fund that betters most major golf and tennis tournaments – was able to be mitigated.

The company’s managing Director David Elliott commented: “We have entered an era where, for event networking organisers, internal logistics are only one part of the challenge. Security breaches, such as external attacks, are now an expected threat, particularly at tournaments where the financial stakes are so high.

“The impact of external interference was limited to a few live streams, and we were impressed with the responsiveness of our team at The International who worked under pressure to ensure gameplay in the Key Arena was not impacted.

“I would suggest that having an experienced onsite team that’s able to apply precautionary and reactionary measures against attacks is now an essential part of event planning so that, as was the case here, the biggest eSports tournament in history was able to reach its successful completion.”

Elliott, who has grown OptaNet into one of the industry’s premier event networking companies in providing solutions worldwide for the likes of Microsoft and Telefonica, concluded:

“We must take a wide view and recognize that when eSports events have become just as much targets as the networks of banking giants RBS and Bitcoin – whose services were both interrupted last month – the industry is clearly doing something right!”