Forget Sports: Pro 'Dota 2' Gamers Will Make Millions This Year

06/05/2015 11:01 am ET | Updated Jun 05, 2015

Send this to anyone who ever told you to turn off the video games and play outside.

This year's prize pool for The International Dota 2 Championship in Seattle reached a record-setting $11,424,006 Friday morning. As James Vincent at The Verge pointed out, that's more than the prize pool of the Masters golf tournament, which this year offered $10 million in total. It's also more than Ozzy Osbourne's Beverly Hills mansion.

"Dota 2" is a hugely popular competitive multiplayer game that pits teams of five players against one another. It's enjoyed by people around the world and reportedly generates $18 million every month for game-maker Valve.

Streaming videos of "Dota 2" matches are also popular -- an estimated 134 million people watch so-called "e-sports" in some form.

The prize pool money for this year's championship was raised in part by players who have purchased a "compendium," which contains in-game items and enhancements.

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