Prize-winners unveiled in Georgia's first Red Bull River Runes videogame tournament

tr1cky and Kaworiya were involved in the decisive game of the competition, livestreamed with the "best of three" format on Sunday. Screenshot from livestream of the tournament., 21 Dec 2020 - 14:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

Prize-winners of Georgia's first online tournament for Red Bull River Runes, a modification of the globally popular Dota 2 videogame, were unveiled on Sunday, with the top three finishers taking honours after two days of competitive matches streamed live.

Omar Jangavadze, known for his competitive moniker tr1cky, claimed the top step of the podium in the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game and took home a 2,500 GEL (about $760/€620 mln) money prize.

In the final standings he was ahead of Giorgi Kharebov (Kaworiya) and Giorgi Akopov (Shinki), who earned 1500 and 1000 GEL prizes respectively. The three podium finishers were among 172 players entering the tournament.

Hosted in Georgia along with a number of other countries across the world, Red Bull River Runes was hosted as a 1v1 mirror mode competition in the game based on Dota 2, a globally popular MOBA. The two-day event was livestreamed on Twitch platform.

Involving young competitors, aged 16 and above, the contest required players to destroy a tower defended by their opponents, or score three kills against them. Semifinal and final rounds were played with the "best-of-three" format, revealing the winner based on three matches.

The River Runes modification, the 1v1 format of which is a departure from the customary multiplayer of Dota 2, also involved a changed ruleset. The game is one of the latest entrants in the line-up of youth sports initiatives by the Red Bull company.