President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian gamers Team Spirit after they won the prestigious title at The International 10 – the eSports world championship for popular video game Dota 2.

Team Spirit overcame rivals from PSG.LGD – a team linked to French football giants Paris Saint-Germain but based in China.

In a tense grand final the National Arena in Romanian capital Bucharest on Sunday, the score finished 3-2 to Team Spirit after their opponents had threatened a comeback from 2-0 down.

In winning the title, the Team Spirit quintet featuring three Russians and two Ukrainians took home a staggering $18.2 million in prize money.

The feat has come to the attention of the Kremlin, with Putin extending a congratulatory message on Monday.

“I congratulate you on the well-deserved victory at The International 2021 – the Dota 2 world championship,” read a statement.

“For the first time in history the Russian team from the club Team Spirit won this prestigious competition. Well done!

“On the way to the final, you demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and solidarity, and in the decisive battle, which became a real test of skill and character, you managed to concentrate and seize the initiative from strong opponents at the most crucial moment.

“You have proven in practice that our eSports competitors are always goal-oriented and capable of conquering any peaks.

“I wish you continued success and all the best.” (RT)