Valve Announces $1 Million Dollar Grand Prize For The International Dota 2 Tournament

It’s impossible to deny that e-sports are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Viewers are tuning in in droves to cheer on their favorite superstars as they compete in games, such as Starcraft 2 and League of Legends, for crash prizes and serious bragging rights. Not to be left out, Valve has thrown its hat into the ring and has officially revealed details regarding the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament – The International 2012.

This year’s tournament, which will be located in Seattle Washington during PAX Prime, will have 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams battling it out in a playoff style double elimination bracket for a grand prize of 1 million dollars. Only two of the sixteen teams have been announced so far, but fans of competitive gaming will recognize DK and Na’Vi as two of the most dominant Dota teams on the planet right now.

Sadly, tickets for the event sold out in less than 24 hours. Thankfully, Valve has you covered, offering a free live broadcast complete with color commentary.

The International is going to be absolutely huge for fans, and is guaranteed to make a few new ones in the process.

May 10, 2012 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced details for The International Dota 2 Championships 2012.

The International was launched last year in Cologne, Germany during Gamescom with 16 of the most elite Dota teams competing in a group stage, double elimination playoff format for a grand prize of $1 million. This year, The International moves to Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA during the PAX Prime event, August 31 – September 2, 2012.

The tournament will again be broadcast in multiple languages, free of charge.

Coming to the PC this year, Dota 2 promises to take the unique blend of online RTS and RPG action that has made Dota popular with tens of millions of gamers around the world.

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