Valve's million-dollar DotA 2 tournament set for July

Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve's The International will be moved to Seattle and inside sources confirmed the date change.

Valve's yearly million dollar DotA 2 tournament, The International 2014, will take place in mid-July for the first time, officials from several gaming teams and leagues told GameSpot sister site onGamers today.

Sources say that although the exact dates has not yet been finalized, the event will move away from its former home at Benaroya Hall for a larger venue. Gabe Newell confirmed during a Reddit AMA today that the event will be held in Seattle's Key Arena. It has a capacity of just over 17,000 for basketball games, and 15,000 for high-end concerts, according to the arena's official website.

With Valve's signature event to be hosted in July on the west coast of the United States, Major League Gaming's upcoming Anaheim Dota 2 event is in jeopardy, MLG officials confirmed to onGamers.

"The growth and excitement around both eSports and Dota 2 activity over the last year has been exponential, said MLG Executive Vice President Adam Apicella. "While we are happy to see the continued popularity and support, we are concerned that the sheer number and proximity of events can have a negative impact on the players and make travel difficult for teams to afford and manage. We always strive to provide our competitors with the greatest conditions and experience possible to ensure they can compete at their best."

"However, holding tournaments so close together puts tremendous stress on players and affects their overall performance. Although we announced our plans months ago, we are currently discussing the schedule with teams and reassessing our plans to determine what will be the least stressful and most beneficial for all involved."

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12 comments
teller76567
teller76567

Lol how do i become a MLG player......the term it's self is just over used.

Paulf001
Paulf001

I don't understand the appeal of this game or why Gabe Newell would offer a million dollar prize.  He should spend that money on making Half Life 3 instead.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

They should just give all this money to less fortunate kids instead of pouring it into this extravagant marketing campaign.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@Paulf001 1 million for valve is pocket change considering the amount of cash the game and the tournament generates along with all the money they make off steam

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Paulf001  

Between wooing the growing present-day market that is more receptive to MOBAs and wooing dwindling die-hard fans of Half-Life, which do you think is more profitable?

Really, Valve is a different kind of beast now. The Valve that you once knew is gone.

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

@jimmy_russell  

Where do you think this money comes from? I guess your another one of those liberals that think money just comes from thin air. How about these loser parents take care of their own less fortunate kids?

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@jimmy_russell Yes, and we should shut down every other major sport too. Football, Basketball, Baseball? Cut them all and direct the money to charity. Good luck on that.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@jimmy_russell  

Then he might as well as spend all of Valve's marketing money on philanthropy.

That would be a budgeting nightmare.