Yatoro Reveals Whether He Would Quit Dota 2 for $5 Million USD
Team Spirit's carry player Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk is widely considered the best carry player of the last few years with two International (TI) wins under his belt. On a Twitch livestream after TI12's win, the carry player discussed whether he would quit Dota 2 if Valve's President Gabe Logan Newell (nicknamed "Gaben") offered him $5 million USD, a sum he has already accumulated throughout his three-year career in Dota 2. Yatoro stated he liked the game so much that even such an amount would not lead him to part ways with it.
Yatoro states that even $5 Million USD would not persuade him to quit Dota 2
Yatoro expressed his love for the game by refusing to quit it despite a significant amount of money. “I like Dota. You know, if Gabe asked me a question: “Look, I’m giving you $5 million, but you’ll never play Dota again.” I would refuse. Because I just like the game itself, the gameplay,” he said.
Yatoro has already earned $5,383,637 in prize money as per esports earnings over the course of his short but successful career, making him the seventh richest esports player. It is also worth noting that he is the youngest player in the top seven, considering he is just 20 years old.
Along the course of his journey, Yatoro has largely played with Team Spirit, his current squad, and the player's biggest wins and earning have come at TI10 ($18,208,300), Riyadh Masters 2023 ($5,000,000), and TI12 ($1,472,062).
With so many successes under his belt, Yatoro appears to have accomplished virtually everything, but it is only the beginning of his career, and he is sure to do much more, and it would not be surprising to see him add another $5 Million to his prize money earnings.
Several Dota 2 pros have recently praised Yatoro, with livestreamer Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski calling him the best carry right now, while Gaimin Gladiators' midlaner Quinn "Quinn" Callahan even ranked Yatoro ahead of Nigma Galaxy's renowned Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi as the best player of all time.
After TI12's victory last month, Yatoro has been taking some time off, occasionally livestreaming on Twitch, not just Dota 2 but also Valorant, in which he is also very highly ranked. Team Spirit has also withdrawn from ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, which means the player and his teammates will most likely return to action only next year.