Valve showing DOTA 2 at Gamescom

Publisher debuting new strategy game at German trade show this month; $1 million "The International" tournament to be held.

It's been 10 months since Valve confirmed it was working on Defense of the Ancients 2, and in that time, the developer has kept the strategy game largely under wraps. That will end soon, however, as Valve is bringing DOTA 2 and a $1 million tournament to Gamescom 2011 later this month.

DOTA 2 is emerging from the shadows at Gamescom.

The Bellevue, Washington-based developer today sent word that it will be holding a DOTA 2 tournament dubbed "The International" at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, August 17-21. This will mark the first time DOTA 2 has been shown publicly, and it will be a lucrative experience for the winning team. The victorious squad will take home $1 million in cash.

There will be 16 teams participating in the double-elimination tournament, with participants hailing from China, Singapore, Denmark, Europe, Malaysia, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Thailand. For more details on the tournament's competitors, check out the DOTA 2 website.

DOTA 2 fans who can't make it to Germany for the show can tune in to a free broadcast of the entire tournament, which will air in four languages: English, Chinese, German, and Russian.

DOTA2 will run off of Valve's Source engine and include integrated voice chat, and computer-controlled characters will take over for players who disconnect during play sessions. These AI bots will also be available to play against in training matches, though Valve does not intend to create a single-player campaign for the game.

DOTA2 will also feature a coaching system, where veteran players will have the chance to tutor newcomers. In return for their service, coaches will gain in-game glamour items and titles. These rewards can also be gained through creating interactive walkthrough guides and offering other out-of-game community contributions.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Darnasian
Darnasian

@Gothic-360 Yeah dude I see your point... But I think we were talking about different points... I was talking about the games quality. I mean I'm not saying that League Of Legends is not a good game or that I want to insult somebody but still you can't say it has more quality than World Of Warcraft! I mean that because World Of Warcraft it's a pay-to-play game from start the developers are trying harder to improve the game and make it more entertaining... But still... if I have to give an award to League Of Legends that would be The Best Free-to-Play MMO! Not to mention that it's made using DOTA as a model... Which is a great thing because it means it's kinda related to the Warcraft games! You know that when you do dungeons in WoW there are parties of maximum 5 players like in a DOTA team or LoL team!

Fofokl
Fofokl

Valve usually know what they're doing. The prize of $1 mil for the tournament just shows that they want to start big with this project. As for the publicity, they stated that it's enough to call it DOTA 2 and they were right. Well, if they stick the basic gameplay elements close to the original(unlike HoN,Lol etc) fog control, animation canceling, hero block etc. it's going to be great.

S3nd41
S3nd41

Woot?! Organize a tournament around a probably still broken as hell in-development game? They must be high on something!

NanobeanMTn
NanobeanMTn

1 million price nice. i really want to see what will show 16 teams in tournament.

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

WOW, how did I get Thumbs downed so many times!? Just because I don't know what DOTA stands for.

adilejaz
adilejaz

Masta_Rix this is steam we are talking about and you can always report people on it!! no one would dare to loose their accounts with steam.

adilejaz
adilejaz

Gothic-360 do we have an official statement from valve if DOTA2 is free to play or not??

atiz1
atiz1

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Gothic-360
Gothic-360

@WeWerePirates well since there arent much games in this genre they could.. but as we can see theres a gigantic difference between HoN and LoL.. now that HoN is free 2 play too and DoTA2 coming soon, Riot will have to add some impressive things (that they said they will) to LoL.. this could end either with one game killing the other, or the succes of both.. I really hope LoL to beat dota2 since LoL is free and Im very used to it already..

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

@Darnasian no offense tanken =). and yes Im a huge fan of LoL.. but truth is that actually there is more ppl playing LoL than WoW.. perhaps not registered accounts.. LoL has only 15 millions accounts registered aprox. so far.. but actives players are around 1,4 millions players per day.. that's more than WoW's active players per day..

Rocker6
Rocker6

It would be good if they at least mentioned Episode 3,I want to know if they are even working on it.

p00zer
p00zer

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p00zer
p00zer

Yeah yeah episode 3 isn't out we get it people. Just let Valve do what they do, they clearly are good at it.

2ndalarm
2ndalarm

Where in the world is..........................HALF-LIFE 3 ???????

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

The people that played this on bnet ended up having to play on those bot servers where if the host didn't like you for whooping his ass too much he would ban you and his friends also. Half the dota scene was divided by crappy servers and the average person couldn't get a good game in because the bot hosts with many accounts that tried to run all the dota servers and groups of trolls would band together to block players if they were too good to make their stats go higher. I hope you find a way to block organizations of players trying to ruin it for all the pros who kick their ass.

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

Dota 1 was so unbalanced that it was fun to beat noobs with style. You can see for yourself on my youtube channel herbdragon. Regardless, I think they need to remove all the stuns because 5 people with stun = 1st team to go in and stun the guy by himself = victory. Sometimes you school them so hard it breaks them for months and they wont play. I'm tired of being an a-hole on-line so I won't buy this. But stuns = cheap victory in any game. Look at voidwalker for instance, he teleports in to attack he has an aoe lock time, and he can use items to make his stun infinite, not to mention he can buy an item to give splash damage. So yeah not even images can stop him. Then there's all the super cheese like i'll hold the enemy you go in and suicide on him while he's hurting. Easy way to piss off more players in to leaving, that's how you win. Proof on my channel. All those aoe stuns need to go. Why is slayer bald she was supposed to be a hot chick with big boobs?

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I wonder if there is room for both this and League of Legends to do well.

DKant
DKant

(Continued from prev post....) It's a lovely canvas that Valve has, I've actually come around to thinking they shouldn't let go of it or shut it down with one 'last' game. Keep going with the Portals and byte-sized HL:Episodes, or anything else you can think of Valve! Btw: @GamespotStaff, get rid of the word limit on comments. Not all long comments are worth a blog post!

DKant
DKant

@s4dn3s5, it shows Valve has a TON of free-flowing cash. :) Btw, considering they're working on everything BUT HL2:Ep3, and considering every single Valve-related post gets the obligatory Ep3 reference in the comments, and Valve gets asked about it by the press too almost every time - I'd say they're probably sick of hearing about Ep3 by now! :) I somehow don't think they're gonna do it until the next generation of gamers comes along - and they'd have NO idea what HL2 was about and then get completely blown away by HL3. And Valve'd get to be (awesomely) ambiguous about the story again. Seriously, all ambiguous stories SUCK when they end. Take LOST for example. I don't want that to happen to Half-Life. HL3 or Ep3, when it happens, doesn't have to be the end. It can just lead in to the next game, or simply mark a major 'checkpoint' from which someone else (say the next generation of devs/writers at Valve) can take off. Seriously, the Half-Life universe works best as a 'template' through which Valve can weave their (seemingly) endless creativity. Portal is but one fine example. Could it really have happened or gotten people as excited (from the fan-fic perspective) if all the threads in the Half Life story arc had been closed and shut off? The Aurora Borealis probably wouldn't even have been mentioned in Episode Two if it were not for Portal. (Continued in the next post....)

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

can't wait for that. Also, 1 million$$, that' a HUGE prize

nyran125
nyran125

Valve isnt new to the e-sports type scene. Counter strike was huge and incredibly balanced Mp fps game. Still tehe most balanced FPS game out there. Also CS is still the only mp fps game thats popular that has NO PERKS, NO crap attachments. Just you , your weapon and your opponent. So valve may make this game pretty well. Who knows. Im surprised Blizzard didnt do it.

baal46
baal46

Episode three or GTFO.

kiko_lazevski
kiko_lazevski

they should keep everything as it is just update the graphics and the stability of the game, DotA must not be changed! It's perfect already.

DarckArchon
DarckArchon

I do hope IceFrog will keep an eye on things and make sure at least the the Core gameplay still exist, sure make upgrades, new maps, features, mechanics. but still let it feel like our beloved Dota 1

Majkic666
Majkic666

@TurambarGS They have already tried them out and trained a bit, i a closed beta/alpha

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Are they taking players from WC3 DOTA? Presumably DOTA 2 is quite significantly different heroes wise (and in many other respects) so they'll be learning on the fly? Or have these teams had access to a beta build or something?

Decrate
Decrate

if they don't innovate, its going to suck, just like HoN if they really want to make a dota 2.0 they have to add many new features and unique characters that dont ALL use mana

Slagar
Slagar

$1 million? Jeez, they must be flush.

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

...but am gonna get this game tho....Valve isnt capable of making a Bad Game !

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

Whenever i read the word Valve my Mind jump straight to HL3...but then i continue reading and....will....no Half Life....no crowbar....no Gordon Freeman.....no Lambda :(

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

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RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

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BigStik
BigStik

Isn't this going to be free to play? Then even cheapskates like me can enjoy its awesomeness! :P

MindwalkerX
MindwalkerX

DOTA is a great game, but the community piss me off so much, i hope there is some kind of strong moderation for offensive players.

BrideInDream
BrideInDream

cannot waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttt

albusfr
albusfr

@watchuwa, somewhere around 20million (of course active players will be less). When i go on garena, one of the more popular clients used to play dota, there is usually 200,000+ people on at any given time. this doesn't include all the other clients used out there, nor pretty much all of china (who are probably the largest fans of dota)

watchuwa
watchuwa

lol who the heck still plays dota?

Majkic666
Majkic666

Just Give us from Denmark the money already! ;-)

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

1 million dollars seriously? For the winners alone? That's 200,000 per person. That's the highest payout to an individual I have ever seen in ESPORTS.

J4m3sR4n0r72
J4m3sR4n0r72

@ZombiePhoenix72 Read the and you will know what it means.

silentsniper321
silentsniper321

i'd rather hav L4D3 than Half Life 3... lol i kno thats not a popular opinion.Dring on the hate/ death threat comments

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

What's DOTA? I really wish people would write it in full and then shorten it so people actually know what it is first.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Can't wait to finally see it

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

I'd rather have Half Life 3 instead of a million dollars. :D

namdar
namdar

Oh look it's not EPISODE 3! Dam you valve!

Orcspecial111
Orcspecial111

Now we know where the money from all those hats went