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.

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.

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147 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.

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.

megakick
megakick

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

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

slow news day for GS

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

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? 

alenth
alenth

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

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!"

rtircoklled
rtircoklled

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

hobotech64
hobotech64

I wish I didn't suck at this game.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

What is Dota and what does it do?

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

We have to many FPS games anyways.

megakick
megakick

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

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.

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.

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.

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.