Valve's Dota 2 International Championship begins

World's best teams descend on Valve's headquarters in Seattle to compete for over $2.8 million.

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Valve’s yearly Dota 2 Championships, The International, which is now in its third year, have begun with nearly 400,000 concurrent live viewers within hours of going live.

The world’s best Dota 2 teams have descended onto Valve’s headquarters in Seattle to compete for what is now over $2.8 million in prize money. Teams have flown in from around the world, including 2011 International Champions Na’Vi from Ukraine, 2012 International Champions Invictus Gaming from China, and 2013 favorites Alliance from Sweden.

In addition to the main tournament, Valve will also be hosting a 1v1 Solo Championship, and an All-Star match with players voted on by the fans. Star players competing in both include Danil "Dendi" Ishutin from Na’Vi, Luo "Ferrari" Feichi from Invictus Gaming, Jonathan "Loda" Berg from Alliance, and Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung from Orange Esports. A full list of teams and competitors can be found on the official International site.

“Despite the importance of the tournament itself, I think players will remember the All Stars and 1v1 matches with great fondness,” Dota 2 analyst Bruno Carlucci told GameSpot. “One can only imagine how much some of these legends dreamt of playing with each other on a LAN environment, or even, for some of the youngest competitors, face their idols in a 1v1 and prove themselves to the world as the best individually skilled player.”

The prize pool, which continues to increase by $2.50 with every purchase of the $10 Interactive Compendium, is the largest amount ever given out for a single-event in competitive gaming/eSports history.

“TI3 is already the tournament with the biggest prize pool in eSports,” Carlucci said. “With such an amazing start in stream numbers, I'm betting it will soon become the biggest tournament in stream viewer numbers as well.”

Last year Riot’s Season 2 World Championships peaked at 1.1 million concurrent viewers watching online only, making it the most watched competitive gaming event of all time.

The International 3 Main Event will begin on August 7 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. The entire event will be streamed on the in-game spectator client Dota TV, and on TwitchTV. GameSpot eSports will be at the event to sit down with Valve regarding the release of Dota 2 and The International, and provide live coverage all week long.

Discussion

153 comments
megakick
megakick

Nobody in the picture, must be playing League of Legends.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

Is this on consoles?  I'm tired of PC exclusives with no mention of porting to the superior console gaming platform.  

Right that's it!  I'm starting a petition.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

slow news day for GS

Emb3r
Emb3r

 What’s with our culture here in America? Why is it that anyone who plays competitively or likes games other than generic FPS are automatically labeled as virgins, losers, f***, or basement dwellers? Does the rest of the world have to deal with this kind of judgment? 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Defender of the Anus 2? 

mezati4
mezati4

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!

duuuuuuude1
duuuuuuude1

Neo meaning new...and lithic meaning stone.

Adavanter
Adavanter

At this point the only thing I want to hear from Valve is... "Take a look at our new source engine!" Or... "Take a look at our new source engine in this Half-Life 3 trailer!"

hobotech64
hobotech64

I wish I didn't suck at this game.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

What is Dota and what does it do?

megakick
megakick

So the players are funding the pros? WTF?!?!? Sorry but watching obnoxious kids playing video games is not that entertaining.

megakick
megakick

@Salt_AU Skill shots will be very hard and LoL is a very fast paced game.

kuteyk
kuteyk

@Salt_AU I can't imagine how hard it would be to play on console, unless you are super skilled you will most likely get owned.

albusfr
albusfr

@freedom01 Reporting on the biggest esports event of the year with the largest ever prizepool of $2.8 million? Yeah it's so surprising a gaming site would report on this gaming event

alenth
alenth

@Emb3r leave them, they are so insecure and ignorant, people that play dumbed down games are always like this.

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

@Adavanter I would definitely watch this if it meant seeing a HL3 trailer

Sardinar
Sardinar

@megakick What the hell is with people lately. I could say the same thing about anything else in the world, I don't know - football, baseball, soccer, etc, and I'd make just as much sense. 

'Sorry but watching obnoxious meatheads throw a ball around is not that entertaining.' 

So, why don't I say it every now and again? Because I am not a sadistic imbecile who enjoys pissing people off now and again. Anyone else who does is a waste of humanity, I honestly don't know what you do in real life to cover up such a fucked up personality.

alenth
alenth

@megakick You get special items if you donate to the prize pool on steam, and seriously is nothing different when you create a prize pool for you local gaming community (fighting games, RTS, FPS, etc).

Maybe you never played a competitive game in your life but that's how it works.

ruisan101
ruisan101

@megakick I agree but other people like it and its not me or your right to hold them back from doing something they enjoy watching.

frozenux
frozenux

@emperiox 

Those guys are probably making more dough per year than you and something tells me you're still begging your mom for cash lol.

alenth
alenth

@emperiox Yeah because competitive games never existed right? Nobody said it was an sport and some competitive leagues avoid that term at all costs, is not their fault that you never played a competitive game in your life. 

Keep your ignorance with you.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@ruisan101 @megakick  for me this is the equivalent of loving footbal soccer but only watching it from TV instead of kicking the ball with your friends. It's was easy for me to understand the competitors, but fans? Not in a million years.

emperiox
emperiox

@frozenux You missed the part where they were losers and had no life. :)

emperiox
emperiox

@alenth @BabeNewell Yeah, I'ma start a sport called "professional Olympic napping"...you guys wanna invest in my idea? You can be a professional fucking sleeper and mope around on your fat ass all goddam day. It's as retarded of an idea as professional gaming.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

You should play the only true moba which is league of legends kid... Lol shits all over dota2 and dont even try to argue when it's clear which is superior

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

We have to many FPS games anyways.

alenth
alenth

@4le_breVVer @alenth @emperiox @frozenux I see people in EVO that get permision in their jobs to compete in tournaments, The same happens in blizzcon, Quakecon, etc they have a normal life like everybody else, i go to my local tournamets of fighting games on weekends and i have a job and bills to pay, it seems that you people never played in a gaming community before or you are new with that, i only see people like you with conclusions based on stereotypes you will see douchebags in or outside competitive communities, again you people are so insecure.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

@alenth @emperiox @frozenux He's probably secure in the fact that he is a productive member of society where as those gamer kids are not. But hey, they make lots of money so that makes them vip's and worth the time watching them. Have you every heard what comes out of their mouths, in interviews. 

UncleAnesthesia
UncleAnesthesia

@DrizztDark LoL is a direct copy of dota, with fewer features, worse graphics and a pay2win setup. Seems like LoL shits all over itself.

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

@Gypsygame @DrizztDark playing games when you're married does not make you immature.  Ignoring your responsibilities by playing video games makes you immature

Gypsygame
Gypsygame

@DrizztDark Well age does not determine maturity. And you just stated that you are married and playing LoL.

End of discussion.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

I've got a group of buddies that play lol and all are in the ages of 21 to 30.. Most of us are married so your fuckass opinion is pretty wack... Along the lines of Babbage cabbage

Gypsygame
Gypsygame

@DrizztDark really? tell that to my 10 year old cousin. He loves LoL. Kids can't get over the fact that LoL is for children.