The multiplayer online battle arena title DOTA 2 has a gargantuan following, to a point where game developer Valve creates a yearly big-scale tournament called The International DOTA 2 Championships. It was started in 2011 at the European game convention GamesCom.
The company that made Team Fortress 2 and the Half-Life series announced the dates and location of the 2014 iteration of The International: July 18 to July 21 at the Seattle Center Key Arena. The basketball arena houses 17,000 seats, so you know that Valve means business when it comes to pushing DOTA 2 further as a mainstream sport.
Sixteen teams will get an invite to the tournament, while 11 out of that pool will get a direct invite to the main event. Based on last year’s International results, the teams most likely to participate include Swedish team The Alliance, Ukraine team Natus Vincere (Na’Vi), and China teams Team DK, Tongfu and Invictus.
Fans who wish to travel all the way to the USA to watch it live can buy the following tickets at Ticketmaster’s site: a general admission tier for US$99, a floor seat spot for US$199, and a VIP package for US$499. The latter includes access to all six days of the playoffs starting on July 8, floor seating, VIP meet and greet sessions, and the after party.
The aforementioned tickets will include access to all four days of the Championships at the arena. They will be on sale online in Beijing and Singapore on April 5 at 6AM. Those residing in Seoul can start buying them on the same day at 7AM. Valve will update the status of the ticket sales on its official site.
The winners of The Internationals 2013 was team Alliance, who beat team Natus Vincere 3 to 2. Notable Southeast Asian teams that participated include Malaysia’s Orange Esports, who scored an 8-6 and Singapore’s Team Zenith, who scored a 6-8.