Yap "xNova" Jian Wei's China-based team PSG.LGD was edged out in the finals yesterday by European team OG, who went home with the US$11.2mil (RM45.96mil) grand prize.
"In one of the greatest eSports series ever, we fall to @OGesports in the decisive game 5. It's heartbreaking, but that's what makes eSports so special. GGWP to @OGesports, you deserved that Aegis," tweeted the team's official account.
Yap joined PSG.LGD in January this year, being the only Malaysian in the team of five.
A professional eSports player who entered the scene back in 2013, then made his international debut in 2016.
This was the largest win for a team Yap has been in, with his other big victories also being with PSG.LGD, earning US$500,000 (RM2.05mil) in the Epicenter XL tournament and US$400,000 (RM1.64mil) in the MDL Changsha Major, both in May.
Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game by Valve Corporation, which has become a popular competition format for eSports tournaments.
This year's International 8 was held in Vancouver, Canada and had a prize purse of US$25.53mil (RM104.81mil), roughly a million higher than last year's tournament.
eSports is gaining momentum, even in traditional sporting events.
In April, it was that eSports will be a demonstration sport at the Indonesia Asian Games, and will become an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China.
However, as a demonstration sport, medals won will not be counted in the official overall medal tally.