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Team Rave, a Pinoy DOTA 2 team, has won P6.6 MILLION or $100,000 after they were announced fifth place in the DOTA 2 Asian Championships (DAC) in China.

Team Rave, mostly Filipinos based in South Korea, is one of the sixteen teams in the world who bid to bring home the lion’s share of a P130-million ($2.94 million) prize pool.

The team is composed of Jio “Jeyo” Madayag, Djardel “Chrissy” Mampusti, Mark “Cast” Pilar, Michael “nb” Ross and  Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa.

In their official Facebook page, Madayag described their struggle as professional gamer.

“There was a point in time in my career here in Korea where I could only eat once a day because I had no money, I lost about 15-20lbs probably because of this. But no matter what my family still supported me so I could do what I want and I can only be thankful for having a family like I do. Whatever earnings I have left from tournaments, I send it to my family, they need it more than I do, to pay for house and my brother’s education,” Madayag said.

He also explained that he never played for money and that his love for the game motivates him to play.

“I will never play this game just for the money, if I wanted money I would just finish school and get a job,” he said.”I just love this game so much and that is why I keep on competing.”

According to e-sports site Gosu Gamers, the Korea-based team took on the Chinese team Big God in their final match, in a best-of-3 series, pitting them at two matches to one.

DOTA is a multi-player online battle arena game where two teams of players attempt to assault and destroy an opposing team’s main base.

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