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Press Release: DotA 2 Tournament!

Valve has sent out a press release, saying that the first time DotA 2 will be shown to the public, it will be in a tournament. I don’t know about you guys, but I just got into Heroes of Newerth after it went Free 2 Play, so I’m pretty excited about this as well. Valve has so far been VERY good at keeping a tight lid on this project, especially if you consider the fact that 16 teams (assumed teams of 5 brings that to a number of 80 people, not including managers and trainers) has had this game for a while, training for this tournament.

Press release as follows:


Dota 2 Championships: First Public Showing at Gamescom

August 1, 2011 – Valve today announced The International.  This tournament will be the first time Dota 2 is shown in public, and will take place August 17th -21st at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

The International features the 16 best Dota teams in the world competing in the Dota 2 Championships through a group stage, double elimination playoff format over the course of Cologne’s five-day trade show.

The tournament will be broadcast in four languages (Chinese, German, Russian, and English) free of charge. The winning team will receive $1 million.

“The International is the first public Dota 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game,” said Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve.  “I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and the level of play is extraordinary.”

In addition to the cash prizes awarded by Valve, NVidia is providing all the hardware for the event.

Dota 2 will be available for the PC and Mac later this year. For more information on Valve and its games, please visit http://www.dota2.com/