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  • Blog Post: Tickets For Dota 2 Championships Sell Out In An Hour

    Tickets for Valve’s Dota 2 championship event, The International , went on sale on Friday. Just an hour later, all of the approximately 10,000 tickets for the July event at Seattle’s Key Arena were gone. Valve confirmed to onGamers that that both general admission and VIP tickets are currently... More
  • Blog Post: Dates For Dota 2's The International 2014 Tourney

    This year's The International tournament for Dota 2 takes place July 18-21 at Seattle's Key Arena. There are three types of tickets, and each one covers the entire four-day event: general admission ($99), floor seats ($199), and a VIP package ($499). The VIP package includes access to the playoffs... More
  • Blog Post: Smite Officially Launches, Announces $200,000 Tournament

    After amassing more than 3 million registered players during its beta, Smite has officially launched, and with it comes a cinematic trailer and a tournament. Smite, the free-to-play MOBA which casts players in the roles of assorted mythological gods, begins its $200,000 tournament on Friday, March 28... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Documentary "Free To Play" Launches

    Valve today announced the release of Free To Play , a documentary that tracks three separate competitive DOTA 2 players from around the world as they prepare for and compete in the first international DOTA 2 competition, which carried a $1 million prize. Public viewing parties are occurring to commemorate... More
  • Blog Post: Tune Into The MLG Championships Right Now

    Photo credit: Enrique Espinoza/MLG The 2013 MLG Championship for Dota 2 Call of Duty: Ghosts is happening now, and you can tune in by watching the live stream. You can head here to watch the streams , and here to check out the schedules . Players are competing for $183,000 worth of prizes. The championships... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 And Black Ops II Headline Major League Gaming Fall Invitational This Weekend

    Major League Gaming is gearing up for a major event this weekend. The Fall Invitational will take place at Full Sail University in Florida, with Dota 2 and Black Ops II competitions beginning tomorrow. Tomorrow, you'll be able to catch Dignitas, Typical Mistakes (formerly Pretty Boy Swag), noM (formerly... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 10/11/13

    This weekend, some GI editors are taking a break from GTA V with new releases like Pokémon X & Y, Beyond: Two Souls, and The Wolf Among Us. But mostly everyone is, you know, playing GTA V. Kimberley Wallace: My mission is to finish Beyond: Two Souls this weekend. I liked what I played of a... More
  • Blog Post: Major League Gaming Announces Competitors For $50,000 MLG Dota 2 Championship

    Major League Gaming has announced most of the teams that will be competing in its Dota 2 Championship later this year. The event will be held in Columbus, Ohio from November 22 through 24, with $50,000 on the line. The competing teams include Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid from North America and The Alliance... More
  • Blog Post: Tickets Available Now For MLG Fall Invitational

    Major League Gaming (MLG) has opened ticket sales for its upcoming Dota 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II Invitational events to be held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The events include $10,000 each for first place in Dota 2 and Black Ops II, with $5,000 going to the second-place finishers... More
  • Blog Post: MLG Introduces Dota 2 League Tonight

    MLG's fall Dota 2 season begins tonight, and you can tune in to catch the action. The coverage spans eight North American teams, and will be featured on MLG.com and via the Dota 2 client through September 30, 2013. Tonight's broadcast features two different match ups: Shadowfiend Eats Cake vs... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Why Don't You Play MOBAs?

    According to a recent Game Informer poll, about 30 percent of responders had no interest in MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas). Another 30 percent didn’t even know what a MOBA was, and only 10 percent of you played MOBAs regularly. Last weekend, The International Dota 2 Championships drew... More
  • Blog Post: International 2013 Dota 2 Championships Break Prize And Twitch Viewership Records

    This past weekend marked an enormous milestone for eSports , with two records smashed. The International 2013 Dota 2 Championships were held over five days, with Alliance coming away with the $1.4 million top prize. During the event, $2.8 million in prizes were awarded. The $1.6 million pool was enhanced... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Tournament Prize Nears $3 Million Thanks To Gamers

    Dota 2 isn't known for its simplicity , so it's fitting that a tournament for the game would be equally complicated. Here's what's going on. The International, an upcoming Dota 2 tournament, had an initial prize pool of $1.6 million. Those who are interested in setting up fantasy teams... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Dota 2 Leaves Beta, Begins Full Release Process

    Valve's Dota 2 is finally leaving the beta stage, but it's full release will be a little bit different from traditional video game releases. Game's like Diablo III and SimCity, which had similar online requirements for play, saw a huge number of players trying to shoulder their way in at... More
  • Blog Post: You Will Be Able To Link Twitch And Steam Accounts This Week

    Twitch has just announced that Steam users will be able to link accounts on the two platforms. At first glance this seems like a modest convenience, but for Dota 2 players, it's significant. Previously, Dota 2 fans had to choose between watching on Twitch and DotaTV, possibly missing out on in-game... More
  • Blog Post: Full DOTA 2 Release This Summer

    A full-fledged release for Valve's Dota 2 is in sight; ending the game's extensive beta period. The July issue of PC Gamer features a cover story on the free-to-play title, which the mag says will go fully public sometime this summer. Although no firm date was mentioned, the mag says that the... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 May Start Running On Tablets

    Valve’s multiplayer battle arena game Dota 2 could possibly be available in the future for your iPad or Android tablet. In an interview at the VGAs, Gabe Newell of Valve expressed how he looked forward to the idea of including the game on tablets. “The good news is that tablets are getting... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Hires In-House Economist To Study Virtual Economies

    Greek economics theory professor Yanis Varoufakis will research the political economy of Valve's in-game currencies and report his findings weekly in the Valve Economics blog . The hire is in-line with Valve's decision to move to free-to-play. Valve sought out Varoufakis after Gabe Newell became... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 Will Be Free To Play

    Today, Valve announced that its much-anticipated Dota 2 will be free-to-play, and garner revenue through microtransactions in an in-game store. The move was revealed on the official Dota 2 blog . The post went to lengths to disabuse gamers of the notion that they will be nickel-and-dimed to death in... More
  • Blog Post: Valve, Blizzard Reach DOTA Trademark Agreement

    Blizzard said today it has reached an agreement with Valve regarding the trademark issue with DOTA. According to the agreement, Valve will continue to use DOTA commercially, including DOTA 2, while Blizzard will preserve noncommercial use of DOTA for its community with regard to player-created maps for... More
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