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Malaysian wins share of RM21.6mil in world's largest e-sport tournament
Published on: Monday, October 18, 2021
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Cheng Jin Xiang (middle) and coach and former TI champion Zhang Ning (right). (Photo: Valve via One Esports)
Kota Kinabalu: A Malaysian professional e-athlete won a share of about RM21.6 million in the world’s largest e-sport tournament yesterday.

Cheng Jin Xiang won the share of USD5,202,400 in the Dota 2 tournament, The International 10 (TI10), reported news site Says.

Cheng, whose gamer name is NothingToSay, competed in the tournament that offered a total prize pool of USD40,018,195 (about RM166,435,673 million) under China-based team PSD.LGD.

The five-player outfit finished second in the grand final last night after being beaten by Russian underdog Team Spirit, who walked away with a whopping USD18,208,300 (about RM75,673,694).

Cheng, 20, is the only Malaysian player on his team. There was no Malaysian-majority team competing in TI10.

Three other Malaysian players featured in the main event of the tournament.

Thiay Jun Wen (Gamer name JT-) and Chan Chon Kien (Oli) competed in Chinese team Invictus Gaming, while 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, while Ng's team won RM3.3 million, and Tan's RM2.4 million.

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