Valve’s The International Dota 2 tournament is one of the biggest eSports event of the year. The prize pool is simply ridiculous where every year, it only seems to be increasing. It also has the ability to draw a huge crowd, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that Valve is now taking an Olympics-like approach to the event.
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The competitive video gaming scene has exploded in popularity over the past few years and it now boasts 454 million viewers across the world. It is an extremely lucrative industry thanks to sponsorship deals, media rights agreements, ticket sales, advertising and merchandising.
The next time you catch yourself telling your kids to not play so much video games, you might want to rethink that. Why? Because Valve’s The International Dota 2 championship has just ended, where the winning team, OG, took home prize money amounting to an eye-watering $15,603,133.
It has been a long time since Valve released a brand new IP, and if you were hoping for that to happen, you might be in for a wait. However, it seems that in the meantime, the company is looking to leverage its existing IP by announcing the launch of a new game based on the Dota franchise called “Underlords”.
Last year, Valve sent out one of the reward items to players who contributed to The International’s prize pool. The reward in question was a Baby Roshan statue. The initial renders and concept showed that the statue would be highly detailed, but what players got was a sad excuse for a reward and definitely not worth the money they had invested.
Do you fancy yourself being a Dota 2 expert? Do you think that you are able to predict how a match plays out before it ends? If you think that’s you, then you might be interested to learn that Valve has recently launched a new Dota app in the form of the Dota Pro Circuit app where it lets players make predictions in matches and be rewarded if they make […]
If you’re getting a bit bored/tired of the current hero lineup in Valve’s Dota 2, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Valve has since announced a new hero that will be added to the game in the form of Mars, the god of war and first son of heaven. The character should already be live and playable in the game so it could be worth checking out if you […]
Valve has a new game in the works that is due to be launched and its name is Artifact. For those who are hearing about this for the first time, this is a digital card game similar to other games like Blizzard’s Hearthstone or Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and just like those games which are based on existing franchises, Artifact will be based on Dota 2.
Valve’s The International annual DotA 2 tournament has been held in Seattle for the past 6 years, but this year they shook things up by having the event held in Vancouver, Canada. However it seems that its stop in Canada might be rather brief because come 2019, Valve will be taking the event to Shanghai, China.
Valve’s Gabe Newell is someone who is highly revered by the community, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Newell can now be had as a voice pack in DotA 2. Yup, if you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to hear Newell announce in-game events in DotA 2, you now have that opportunity via a voice pack.
It has been a while since Valve launched a brand new game, and while many are undoubtedly still hanging onto the hope that we will eventually see Half-Life 3, Valve did announce a while back that their next game would be called Artifact. This is a digital card game that would be based on DotA 2.
As you might have heard, Elon Musk’s OpenAI initiative had plans to play against some professional DotA 2 players in a bid to test how good AI can be at teamwork. It turns out that they can be very effective at teamwork because it seems that the bots managed to beat a group of professional DotA 2 players.
It has been a while since Valve launched a new game and back in 2017, the company announced their latest creation in the form of Artifact. For those unfamiliar, Artifact is a card game based on DotA 2 but the company has kept mum on its release, at least until now when they have confirmed it.
Throughout the year there are many DotA 2 tournaments being held, with many of them offering up money to the winners. However the main tournament that many professional teams are looking forward to would be the annual “The International” tournament whose prize money is worth millions.