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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Dota 2's 'The International' Prize Pool Grows To More Than $10 Million

    There's a lot at stake at this year's The International tournament. Dota 2 players will be competing for their share of a purse that's sitting at more than $10 million. To put that in perspective, that amount dwarfs last year's prize pool, which was about $2.9 million. It even beats out... More
  • Blog Post: Dota 2 International Prize Pool Climbs Over $6 Million

    The prize pool for the annual Dota 2 championship event, The International, has risen above the $6 million mark and shows no sign of slowing down as we move toward the main event in July. This year the final days of the tournament will be taking place at KeyArena in Seattle WA, a shift in venue from... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What's Your Favorite Free-To-Play Game?

    Free-to-play may not be the complete and total future of video game distribution, but many indicators point to it being a very important part of it. What's your favorite game you've played that you didn't have to pay to download? I nursed a temporary Candy Crush addiction , and I enjoyed... More
  • 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
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