Valve sells out 10,000 tickets for Dota 2 championship event in an hour

The International 2014 has sold out and tickets are already up for sale on eBay.

by

Valve has sold all of about 10,000 tickets for its 2014 Dota 2 International Championship, the company has confirmed.

"Tickets were gone roughly one hour after they went on sale", Valve's Doug Lombardi told Rod "Slasher" Breslau at GameSpot sister site onGamers.

Tickets are already popping up on eBay for as much as $500. Key Arena could not confirm if another wave of tickets would be put on sale.

The four-day event will take place starting July 18 at the Key Arena in Seattle. Tickets went on sale Friday April 4 at 15:00 PT, with a four-day ticket going for $99, floor seating $199, and $499 for a VIP ticket.

11 teams will compete in the tournament this year, with four regional qualifiers taking place from May 12 through May 25. Alongside the invited teams, the winner of each regional qualifier will secure a guaranteed place in the finals, and the four runners-up will compete for the final slot in the tournament. Last year, the total prize pool was $2.8 million.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Discussion

109 comments
Triton
Triton

I wish I could show the response from the non- gamers in the office here at work every time I show them this crap - I mean sports news.

gf61
gf61

If people want to pay to watch pro's do what they love and grow the industry at the same time, more power to them!

shreddyz
shreddyz

this is really sort of pathetic. 

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I don't get the appeal of watching games like this to be honest.  You watch a lot of garbage/nothing and get glimpses of actual action.  Watching people farm and grind sounds so boring.  Then again, people watch sports like baseball and football where an overwhelming majority of the 'game' involves watching the players stand around and do nothing... so obviously that doesn't bug a lot of people.  That's why I've always preferred watching basketball and hockey instead.  More time is spent actually playing the game than some other sports.

nousername66
nousername66

I have no problem with people paying money to watch others play video games, just don't call it a sport because it's not.

drybones41
drybones41

I could never get into the whole esports thing but this at least shows it's popular. The tickets sold very well so congrats.

Trev9421
Trev9421

I think this is cool, but I'm personally not a fan of watching any game be it Football or Dota. But then again, I'm not a fan of pretty much anything professional. I do understand the how and why, but it has always bothered me when people saving lives and advancing society get less recognition and money than celebrity types.

(Note: I'm sure at least one person will let me know why I'm an asshat, but that's okay. This is just my personal opinion. )

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

I bought 50 tickets for resale. I think a bunch of people are keen on scalping these for upwards of $1000 a piece.

kenshingr
kenshingr

What is absurd to me are all these haters in this comment section. How is it possible that a gaming site is frequented by so many haters of gaming? This looks more like comments from FOX News than gamespot.

vadagar1
vadagar1

dota2 is a great game 


snot nosed infants hate it,and sure the rus noobs are everywhere but its still a good game

seanwil545
seanwil545

I think Valve has a re-cap video of one of the Tournament and I can clearly see the appeal of the game. Part of the reason I played UT2004 Onslaught mode for so many years was the tactics involved in taking on each team and how tactics needed to vary by map.

I think I would like DOTA honestly, but unless I had someone to take me under their wing...I just don't have the time. Even then I'd barely have the time.

shoguntake
shoguntake

This is what annoys me; suddenly people find it pointless watching sporting events. "I never understood why people watch other people kick a ball back and forth on a field", maybe because it's entertaining to watch the top sportsmen and women in the world compete against eachother? If you played any of the sports yourselves and took them seriously enough then you would no doubt form some sort of favoritism towards an individual or a team because that is who you want to play like. You can't say the same thing about watching a gamer and the biggest difference is that the skill threshold between a casual athlete to a professional athlete and a casual gamer to a professional gamer is almost a no contest. I seriously get the impression that a lot of people here have sat on their asses their entire lives since the entire concept of watching sports seems so pointless to them.

Halloll
Halloll

I don't like this obsession with pro gaming, Single Player games are already declining and suffering from face book twitter integration and other "social" features, I don't want the focus of game developers to turn their games to MLG Pro and cool looking crap to attract the teens.

deathwish026
deathwish026

to the people that say they dont get it.. i take it you have never watched somebody play a game on twitch ?. if you have then you do get it.

alwin8695
alwin8695

Although I myself really love to watch DoTA championship, I just can't understand why it is needed to watch it at a stadium. For the experience? Nah when I watch it with my friends we also have the same thrilling experience as in the stadium. No need to be there.

aci808
aci808

Competitive gamers seem like very unlikable people. They're are the nerdiest of the nerdy, but they somehow think they're cool and badass. Not very interesting people to root for. And no, it's not remotely a sport.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@Triton  You really have to play and enjoy the game, in order to appreciate the competitive scene.  So its understanding that people that don't play Dota or even video games at all, would think its silly.   I think that trying to swim faster than somebody else is really silly, yet its an olympic sport that the whole world watches..  could be said about anything :).

reddevilofhell
reddevilofhell

@jinzo9988  Football.. where ppl stand and do nothing... 

I think u have some other game confused with Football. 

RT-XD
RT-XD

@Trev9421  I'm with you in that. 

I have nothing against the professionals; sports or esports, but  I'm not really a fan of watching it. Reason I got into gaming was because I didn't really want to spend my time watching sports games like football (or any other sports, with very few exceptions).


Now I'm seeing gaming towards a sport-like route, and I can't say that I'm loving the idea. I like to play the game: not watch or admire some others doing something that I could be doing. 


Once again: nothing against this. But...it's a big 'meh' for me.


(and yes - there's always some asshat XD Nothing we can do about that unfortunately)

kenshingr
kenshingr

@shoguntake  No, you are completely wrong. It is EASIER to watch gamers because it is more possible for a non pro to reproduce what a pro gamer does. You can just jump into game after watching a pro match, and copy (to some extent) the moves and item choices of the pro gamer you just watched. But can you also reproduce what Messi or Ronaldo do after watching a soccer match? No.

Harrason
Harrason

@shoguntake  I am curious. Why can't you say the same thing about watching gamers?

Have you actually seen how people play SC2? Like, the keyboard movements? Sure, it can be trained, but some people can never do it in their entire lifetime. It's the same thing as in Sports. Some people can train to be good, but others can never do it in their entire lifetime.

Also, I personally derive enjoyment from both watching Sports and E-Sports.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@deathwish026  I watched a lot of CS championships and also went with my brother to one. He was the contestant, not me of course :D. In those time I really expected this events to get gaming more popularity and respect, but while that happens, I figured the gaming growths in that direction, leaving others wich interest me more unchecked, or simply to rot. If you still think I don't "get it", I hope my experience enlightens you in any way.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@deathwish026  i watch things on twitch all the time.... mobas are boring and thus I don't get it

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

@deathwish026  I have watched many dota 2 games on twitch, I still don't get what is fun about the game, seems to be 10% gameplay, 50% calling your team faggots, and 40% complaining.

Harrason
Harrason

@alwin8695  Do you? I mean, as long as you really were in a big place with many people cheering and you can still proclaim that it's the same as being just with your friends, then okay.

I just wouldn't like the idea of someone saying something like that without actually tasting it once.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@aci808  Do you have thousands of followers?  Maybe you're not nerdy enough ;)

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@aci808  Just in case you haven't noticed, Geeky is the new Travolta..you root for nerds these days. Unless you have been living in a cave for years..

Harrason
Harrason

@aci808  Well, you probably haven't dug in deep enough to know more about certain players, so I am absolutely not surprised.

Also, from my experience, there's a slightly different criteria for what personality is common in different games that I've watched.

deathwish026
deathwish026

@aci808  whats wrong with nerdys people ?. i hate those people that think there better then everyone else because they dont stereotype themselves.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@reddevilofhell @jinzo9988 

There are three possible answers why it makes more sense to watch actual sporting events than to watch people play video games.


1.) Playing vs Watching
In sporting events you're watching something that you yourself probably can't do. Playing sports even on a college level has so many barriers that it is mostly inaccessible to everyone but a 'select' few. It's just easier to watch others and to root for the team you have a closer affiliation to.

Obviously playing 'professionally' in gaming, or really I should say "hardcore", is difficult in its own way and does have entry barriers but otherwise anyone can pick up a game and have equal chance of being largely successful in a multiplayer environment. 


For me, I've never been able to really watch other people play video games. Whether it's the most pro legit player ever, the trickiest trick shot/stunt/combo/whatever player, or one of those a-holes doing half-assed demonstrations on stage. I'd much rather play the game myself than watch other people play. Unless it's a video about helping people get through something or providing useful tips that would be much better seen than read about.


2.) Bonding

Sporting events have always been a great means of bonding with friends and family, complete with a myriad of traditions and activities. Tailgating, for instance. You get up and take as many people with you as you can or are comfortable with and share the experience in person. . with everyone around you.

Gaming has not always been the social scene it might be considered today and arguably it isn't even that social. Yeah, there are marriages on MMOs and meetups for people who met in games (I've met a number of people I played games with in person). .  but gaming is always more closely associated with cloistering up. Playing in your room with everyone else either a couple houses over or across the globe. It's not inherently social in the same way sporting events are. It's just an option you might take.


3.) Town/City/Nation pride

We're still aways off from officially recognized teams sponsored by towns or cities and so forth. There are no official gaming leagues in schools to instill school pride. No teams representing New York or Boston. No real team USA.


In actual sporting events, like baseball, there are tons of people who share in this unusual pride whenever "their" team wins. And by tons, I mean a whole city might get thrashed from revelry. I don't. . recall any cities or towns being torn up because a gaming team lost or because a gaming team won in even Korea. Could be mistaken.

But, yeah. It's this sense of unified, nationalistic pride. Hmm, in a way it's related to fanboyism and brand loyalty but I'd argue a lot more healthy and a lot less weird. Getting behind the Red Sox vs Yankee rivalry can be fun. Jumping on the Xbox vs Playstation flame wars is tragic and cruel.




These are my theories, anyway, and personal beliefs. Gaming still has a ways to go before people buying tickets to watch other people play games isn't regarded as anything other than strange by a much wider population.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@RT-XD @Trev9421  I'm also bothered by this direction, I really hope the popularity of this MOBA genre doesn't sniffle the game projects I like more, the ones I like and make me stick with gaming as a hobbie. I've been blaming Dota 2 of Half Life 3 abscense lately. :(

shoguntake
shoguntake

@Harrason @shoguntakeBecause I wouldn't rate it amongst athletic sports. I do understand what you're saying but I'd definitely rate it on par with the likes of chess, darts, poker and all those kind of games in which physical movement is quite minimal compared to athletic sports. E-Sports certainly does require skill and you're right that it takes a lot of work effort and even abit of finesse but I honestly think that maximum thinking+minimum movement isn't the same as minimum thinking+maximum movement

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@evil_m3nace @deathwish026  The dota 2 games on twitch you probably have watched, involve pro level experience which I think tends to lend itself to douchery, because those people begin to feel that they know the game better than everybody else.


I prefer personalities such as Merlini, Purge, and others :p  They aren't douches.

It really depends on the player.


BTW, it is only fun to watch if you play the game.. IMHO

santinegrete
santinegrete

@Harrason @aci808  oh man, if he has to dig deeper, then you are indirectly admiting that kind of obnoxious personality is prevalent in competitive gaming.

RT-XD
RT-XD

@kenshingr @RT-XD @Trev9421  haha yeh - I guess it's possible. Many of my friends do - but I never really could do that. When I'm watching something, it has my attention, and when I'm playing a game, that has my attention. If I keep switching then...it's kind of annoying.

Again...this is my personal opinion. I realize others wouldn't agree.

Harrason
Harrason

@shoguntake @Harrason  Well, if you ask me, I think it would be more fair to rate them in separate fields. It doesn't really make them any lesser than one another because different people are meant to be doing different things, and the way I see it, as correct as it is to say that Sports just isn't Mind Sports, the same can be said the other way around.

To that end, I would agree that while it is different, I still cannot agree with the skill threshold argument about how the both of them can't be compared.

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

@kenshingr @evil_m3nace @deathwish026  So since a tournament is like only 10% or less of the streams, the rest of the 90% I shouldn't watch huh, so a game should only be watched at a professional level and neither played nor watched otherwise. I still don't see the appeal.

Harrason
Harrason

@santinegrete @Harrason @aci808  That's the thing, you see. Sometimes you don't really get to know about people until you spend some time with them. Now, I don't profess to know what these players are really like since I ain't even remotely close to them, and you can bet that people don't always show their true selves to everybody, but sometimes, you get to see more of what makes a person.

Perhaps most of these guys seem obnoxious. But is that really the case? Maybe yes, maybe no. You know, depending on which guy you are talking about.

As I said, you just gotta dip deeper.