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$1 Million Dota 2 Tournament

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Aug 2, 2011 05:01

ImageValve has finally broken the ten months of silence with the announcement of "The International"- the largest Action RTS tournament to date.

Leaked change logs and second-hand testimony has been all that the public has been privileged to hear about Dota 2 until very recently, as Valve is notorious for secrecy, even more so with IceFrog serving as the lead designer. Indicators of a massive tournament and unveiling at Gamescom this year began circulating, when Valve skipped E3, but reserved space at the Cologne event, with the focus being and RTS game, something that Valve has not gained notoriety for beforehand. The most-convincing confirmation of this was a personal letter addressed to Yan Zou, a central figure to the Asian DotA scene. At long last, Valve has updated their silent and unused Dota 2 website, with the announcement of The International; the 1,000,000 USD tournament at the game's unveiling.

According to the announcement from the Dota 2 website:
The world's sixteen most elite Dota teams competing for the first ever Dota 2 championship.

August 17 - 21, 2011
Cologne, Germany

* Dota 2 shown publicly for the first time.
* Group stage double-elimination playoff format.
* Winner takes $1 million USD in prize money.
* Tournament hardware provided by NVIDIA.
* Live worldwide broadcast in four languages.

The teams invited to compete include:
EU GosuGamers
DK MeetYourMakers
UA Natus Vincere
CN Invictus Gaming (ex-CCM)
CN Invictus Gaming Y (ex-LGD)
CN TyLoo
EU Online Kingdom
RU Moscow Five
TH MiTH.Trust
VN StarsBoba
CN Online Kingdom
DK Next Evolution ESC
SG Scythe Gaming
MY Invasion MUFC
PH Mineski




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