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  • Blog Post: Suspicious Dota 2 Patch Gets Fans Buzzing About Half-Life 3

    The intrepid Steam Database has discovered a suspicious file in a recent patch for Dota 2. The text file, named "hl3.txt", contains lines of code that have sparked fans' imaginations with possible extrapolations to a new Half-Life game, including zip lines, procedural generation, and virtual... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Many Free-To-Play Games Do You Play?

    There are lots of free-to-play games, but most require significant time investment. How many do you play? Are you focused purely on Dota 2 or League of Legends? Or do you dabble in both? How about Team Fortress 2? Or PlanetSide 2? Do you play a whole bunch all at once? How about mobile games? Experiment... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Do You Watch eSports?

    This week was a big one for eSports. Professional Dota 2 players battled for part of an $18 million prize , the biggest in eSports history. Did you tune in? Do you watch other eSports? eSports are huge and still growing at a tremendous rate, but it is still directed at a niche audience. Did you watch... More
  • Blog Post: Evil Geniuses Win Dota 2's The International Tournament And $6.6 Million

    For the first time in the tournament's short five year history, an American team has taken home the top prize. 176 games played, 18 teams, 11 days and 1 Aegis. These are your #TI5 Champions! @EvilGeniuses pic.twitter.com/mFmt63WT7c — DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) August 9, 2015 Evil Geniuses defeated CDEC... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Getting Crazy Custom Matchups Next Week

    During last night's all-star game at The International 2015 , pros teamed up with members of the audience to showcase a new custom setting that will be hitting Dota 2 next week – a setting that allows for up to 24 players in a single match. While last night's game was only 10v10, 24-player... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Are You Watching Dota 2’s International Championship?

    Right now, teams of gamers are competing for over $18 Million dollars in prize money by playing Dota 2 in Seattle’s KeyArena. Are you watching this event? If not, what would it take to get you to check out the eSport? Dota 2's International has amassed the largest prize pool in eSport history... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2's $18 Million The International Tournament Starts Now

    Dota 2's The International Main Event starts now, boasting a prize pool of over $18 million, the largest prize pool in eSports history. While the Group Stage games last week made for interesting viewing, the "real deal" matches begin today and will run all week leading to the final event... More
  • Blog Post: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD & Dota 2 Get Together For PC Release

    The PC version of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD comes out next month on Steam, and when it does, those who have pre-ordered the game on the digital platform will get some goodies in Valve's Dota 2. Pre-order the game on Steam through August 18 and you'll get a Master Chocobo as a courier and a class... More
  • Blog Post: New Compendium To Increase DOTA 2 International Prize Pool

    Valve has released a new Compendium – an interactive book designed to not only grow the prize pool for the DOTA 2 International tournament, but to give rewards to buyers. Buying items in the Compendium contributes to the prize pool, and the more that grows, the more rewards – such as items... More
  • Blog Post: The International Dota 2 Championships Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

    Tickets for The International Dota 2 Championships are set to go on sale tomorrow, March 27. Valve's fifth annual tournament is scheduled to take place from August 3 to August 8. This year's tournament sees the massive event returning to Seattle's KeyArena. Despite the large venue, 2014's... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 May Soon Include The Goat From Goat Simulator

    Valve's multiplayer online battle arena, Dota 2, may soon include the famous goat from the 2014 hit Goat Simulator. Coffee Stain Studios, the developers of the simulator, are attempting to add their physics-impaired goat into Dota 2 as a custom courier via Steam Workshop. To be successfully implemented... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 12/5/14

    This weekend sees some of the GI staff in Las Vegas for the Video Game Awards and PlayStation Experience, but seeing all the new games won’t stop Reiner from getting time with Danganronpa. Back home Tim Turi, Jeff Marchiafava are trying their darnedest to take a chunk out of Dragon Age: Inquisition... More
  • Blog Post: Razer Announces ‘Team Razer: Great Games’ eSports Documentary

    Razer has announced a three-part documentary series that will explore some of the most competitive video games and their players. Team Razer: Great Games will explore the origins of competitive gaming in an effort to introduce new viewers to the sport. The first installment of the series focuses on Starcraft... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 10/31/2014

    Happy Halloween readers! Many of the editors plan on taking part in holiday festivities over the weekend, but when they have some freetime many of them plan to dive into Bayonetta 2, Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive, and the Evolve Alpha. What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know in the comments... More
  • Blog Post: International Dota 2 Championships Rack Up Over 2 Million Concurrent Viewers, Doubling 2013 Performance

    If you had any doubt that eSports viewership is on the rise, you can put them to rest. Valve announced that this year’s International Dota 2 championships doubled the number of concurrent viewers over 2013’s event. The event, which ran throughout July culminating in a championship weekend... More
  • Blog Post: Breaking Down The Dota 2 The International 4 Prize Pool

    While you may know the winner of the tournament, if you haven't been following closely, take a look at who else came out victorious. With a prize pool of over $10.9 million, this marks the most lucrative eSports venture to date. Team Newbee walked out the victors today, taking home a shade over ... More
  • Blog Post: Newbee Wins Dota 2's The International 4 For $5 Million

    At the conclusion of Valve's annual Dota 2 International tournament, Newbee emerged victorious today to take away the lion's share of a $10.9 million prize pool in a best of five series, beating Vici Gaming in the Grand Finals. The winners will take away at least $5,028,308, with the second place... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 07/18/2014

    The dog days of summer are officially upon us, and many GI editors have noticed, taking a little time to enjoy the nice weather, spend time with family, or do other lame things that aren't video games. For us cooler (because we're inside), it looks like our destiny this weekend is to try out... More
  • Blog Post: The International Dota 2 Championships Will Be Televised On ESPN

    Valve has announced some big news for Dota 2 and the entire eSports community. The International Dota 2 championships will be televised on ESPN3, with a finals preview show appearing on ESPN2. The matches will also be available online via the WatchESPN App. The championships will take place in Seattle... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Pushes Past 8 Million Concurrent Users During Summer Sale

    Steam’s Summer Sale wraps up in just a little while, and it’s been a fruitful week for Valve. This week, concurrent usership passed 8 million a number of times, most recently at about noon Pacific on Sunday, June 29. At its peak, Steam saw 8.02 million users of the at least 75 million users... More
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