Second annual Dota 2 tournament headed to PAX

Valve announces that The International 2012 is headed to PAX Prime in Seattle this September.

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Valve's second annual Dota 2 tournament, The International 2012, will be held this September at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington.

Expect DOTA 2 to leave beta early next year.

The championships will take place between August 31 and September 2, 2012, during PAX Prime and will carry a grand prize of $1 million. The tournament will again be broadcast in multiple languages free of charge.

Valve launched The International last year, during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, where Ukrainian Na'Vi took home the grand prize after a five-day tournament comprising 16 of the best Dota teams competing in a group-stage, double-elimination playoff format.

Dota 2 is scheduled for PC and Mac release this year. The game combines action and real-time strategy elements in multiplayer matches that pit teams of player-controlled heroes against one another. The game will include integrated voice chat and computer-controlled characters that will take over for players who disconnect during play sessions, as well as a coaching system, where veteran players will have the chance to tutor newcomers.

GameSpot has archived footage of last year's The International Dota 2 tournament.

Discussion

11 comments
tigalot
tigalot

How can you make a championship with a grand prize of $1 million dollars with a game that is still in closed Beta? That's a shame, this tournament is reduced to a small community of gamers since most of us won't even be able to play the game... Make an open Beta for godsake. It's been 2 years that this amount of money is given for a game not out yet that we can get, not with money, but with luck. That's ridiculous. 

Evenios
Evenios

2nd annual lol they should just release the game out already not like its that terribly complicated. sighs.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I look foward to this game. Going to be building my new PC this month.Woot!!

Shawn45
Shawn45

These games are fun to watch, but I hate playing them. Too much pressure, and the community for these kinds of games are absolutely rotten.

 

That being said, I am interested to see this upcoming tournament.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Really into this game and I'm curious to see which heroes make a splash this year. 

 

The fact that this is routinely the second or third most played game on Steam at any given time of the day, beating out MW3 and occasionally CS:Source, and it's not even out of beta, says something.

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

Kind of crazy this will be the 2nd annual 1 million tournament for a game that isn't even in open beta yet. I mean if it's good enough for competitive play, why not open beta? :( me want.

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

ok the photo says Expect DOTA 2 to leave beta early next year., your article says Dota 2 is scheduled for PC and Mac release this year. Which one is it?

megakick
megakick

Still hasn't been released yet.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

 @Jestersmiles I'm guessing that the photo is from last year :P And it's about the end of beta, not the actual release.

RamonArcaNoodle
RamonArcaNoodle

 @megakick It'll be released once all heroes are added in the game, which will probably be after TI 2.