BY: Michelle Liew
Malaysian professional gamer Cheng Jin Xiang has won a share of USD5,202,400 (approximately RM21,636,781) in the recently concluded DOTA 2 tournament, The International 10 (TI10).
Cheng, or more popularly known through in-game name NothingToSay, competed in the largest e-sports tournament with a total prize pool of USD40,018,195 (approximately RM166,435,673) under the China-based team PSD.LGD.
The team, which consisted of five players, finished second in the grand final on October 17, after being defeated by Russian team Team Spirit.
Cheng is the only Malaysian player in PSD.LGD. There was no Malaysian majority team competing in TI10.
In the main event of the tournament, there were four players hailing from Malaysia, namely Thiay Jun Wen (JT-) and Chan Chon Kien (Oli) competing in Chinese team Invictus Gaming, and Ng Kee Chyuan (Chyuan) in Fnatic. Malaysian-born Canadian David Tan Boon Yang (MoonMeander) played for Team Undying.
Thiay and Chan’s team finished fourth and took home about RM10 million, Ng’s team won RM3.3 million, while Tan’s team won RM2.4 million.
PSG.LGD is a well-known team in the DOTA 2 competitive scene as it had competed in nine TI tournaments in the past. Going into the final, PSG.LGD was a top competitor and favourite in taking home the championship as they had much more experience and stronger mental fortitude.
PSG.LGD lost the first two games to Team Spirit. Cheng’s team was one game away from losing against the Russian team with a clean sweep. However, Cheng salvaged the situation by playing his signature avatar Hero – Tinker.
PSG.LGD went on to win the fourth game before losing the final game to Team Spirit.
According to Gosu Gamer, Cheng’s total professional game earnings were USD1.1 million (approximately RM4.6 million).