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Recapping Local Events: Captains Draft Has Nail-Biting Finale

Thank you for helping to make Captains Draft 4.0 – the first-ever esports tournament staged at the historic DC Amory – a tremendous success! We learned a lot from our fantastic partners at Moonduck Studios and we hope that you got to enjoy the experience whether you’re new to online gaming competitions or ready to participate in one yourself!

So far in 2018, Captains Draft 4.0 is the only public Dota 2 Minor tournament in the United States. We were excited to host eight of the best gaming teams in the world:

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team Secret
  • OG
  • compLexity
  • Mineski
  • Vici Gaming
  • Team Empire
  • paiN Gaming (Formerly known as Midas Club Elite)

After four days of intense competition, January 4-7, Team Secret secured the winning spot after a back-and-forth, nail-biting rally in the finals against Vici Gaming. We’re guessing you were on the edge of your seats during the fourth and fifth games! Team Secret took home $300,000 in prize money and 300 points towards qualifying for The International 8, which is the annual Dota 2 esports tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the game's developer.

If you weren’t able to attend the event, we want to give you a brief update on how the tournament played out and what esports is all about!

Also known as electronic sports, competitive (video) gaming, professional (video) gaming, or pro gaming, esports involves professional players competing in organized, multiplayer video game competitions. Tournaments such as Captains Draft 4.0 provide live broadcasts of the competitions, and prize money to competitors. Organized online and offline video game competitions have been around for a while, but most were played by amateurs until the late 2000s when professional gamers and interested spectators boosted their popularity – and the prize packages!

Moonduck Studios broadcasted the matches and team panel discussions. Event partners and sponsors provided fun features like photo booths, food trucks, and even a bar crawl social in Penn Quarter.

We hope you got to come out to watch one or several matches of first-class gaming and, yes, drama! It really opened our eyes to this emerging online phenomenon, and we look forward to hosting more esports tournaments in the future.