Valve are gearing up for this year’s International DOTA 2 tournament with 40 team qualifying rounds about to start in a couple of weeks. The 12 May to be precise.
There are four regional divisions and the winner of each each division will earn an automatic bid to The International. Four runners up will also compete in an onsite qualifier for the final spot in the tournament.
The International this year is being held at the Key Arena in Seattle between 18-21 July and tickets sold out within an hour of going on sale last month.
Prize money has still to be revealed but based in what’s gone before it’s going to be big. In 2011 the prize was $1m at Gamescom. Last year, thanks to the Interactive Compendium, the total prize pool reached a hefty $2.8m. According to Valve this year’s Compendium will be revealed “soon”.
I’m not a massive eSports fan but I did watch last year’s International with Tim and it was riveting stuff, even if I had no idea what they were talking about most of the time. The event will be broadcast once again this year and it’s definitely worth tuning in for.