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Riot Games isn't worried about Valve's $10M Dota 2 prize pool, here's why

Riot Games has no plans to match the latest prize pool offered in Dota 2's The International, head of EU eSports Jason Yeh told Polygon. The company's decision to continue offering a comparatively smaller prize pool of roughly $2 million each year is in part a way to future proof the professional gaming branch of League of Legends, says Yeh. According to the eSports head, the company is prioritizing investing in the League infrastructure as whole — a strategy that Riot believes will ensure the longevity of League of Legends as an eSport more than the offer of a giant pool of money each year could. Riot aims to emulate real-world sports events by eventually producing large-scale pro-gaming events on a weekly, not yearly, basis. Likewise, a Riot representative tells Polygon the...

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Twitch CEO: 'We screwed up' disclosure of new controversial policies

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear took to Reddit last night in response to criticism over the video streaming service's newly introduced policies affecting copyrighted music in videos on demand (VOD). In the AMA, Shear apologized for the communication breakdown between Twitch and its users following a question from one Reddit user asking why these new policies were implemented with no advanced notice to users of the video streaming site. "Simply put: we screwed up and should have announced it ahead of time," wrote Shear. "Sorry." According to the Twitch boss, audio-recognition will not be brought to live streams and only affects VODs. The company's audio recognition technology will detect ambient music and in-game music in VODs; however, original in-game music will not be flagged. "We have no...

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Did Valve just soft-launch the Source 2 engine?

Valve appears to have stealthily soft-launched the long-awaited Source 2 game engine alongside the overnight release of Workshop Tools for Dota 2, Dota modders are suggesting. Central to the theory is while Dota 2's assets remain the same in this update, the code is decidedly different — in particular, all files that would share a name with the Source engine are qualified with the number 2, including engine2.dll, vconsole2.exe, vphysics2.dll. "Everything in this package is a new game," wrote RoyAwesome on the Dota 2 subReddit, a user who has been collecting evidence so far. "It's all the Dota assets and code ported over to Source 2. That's why Hammer is different. That's why the console is different. "The general consensus around the Source reverse engineering community is that this...

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Number of eSports tournaments in North America set to boom this year

The number of eSports tournaments held in North America jumped from 8,809 in 2011 to a projected 47,500 in 2014, according to Vancouver-based eSports platform Battlefy. Using publicly-available data, in-house developed algorithms and data from tournament organizers, Battlefy today released figures showing the growth in eSports tournaments, as well as the top 10 games played in tournaments since 2013. Riot Games' League of Legends topped the list with 7,565 tournaments held in 2013. This was followed by Valve's Dota 2 with 5,012 tournaments, the FIFA series with 4,919 tournaments and the Pokémon franchise with 3,606 tournaments. The complete list can be view below. Game (number of tournaments held in 2013)                League of Legends (7,565)                Dota 2 (5,012)        ...

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The International Dota 2 tournament watched by more than 20M viewers, Valve says

More than 20 million people tuned in to watch this year's annual Dota 2 championship tournament, The International 4, according to a release from Valve. Valve said that this year's International Dota 2 Championships had "well over 2 million" peak concurrent viewers, more than double last year's peak. This year's International tournament was streamed through online service Twitch in multiple languages, with channels tailored for newcomers and those who preferred to watch "spoiler-free" and at their own pace. The International matches were also viewable in-game and through ESPN. While this year's International Dota 2 Championships saw impressive growth, it lagged behind the most recent League of Legends season finals. One of Dota 2's chief rivals in the genre drew 32 million viewers...

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The International is almost over, don't forget to buy some silly Dota 2 shirts

The International Dota 2 tournament ends today, so before everyone else beats you to it, you might want to snap up some of these cool themed t-shirts from designer We Love Fine's Dota 2 collection. The collection features user-created designs based on developer Valve's internationally popular MOBA. These designs were hand-picked by Valve for inclusion in the Secret Shop goods store set up for attendees at The International. Once the tournament concludes, with one skilled team taking home the Aegis of Champions, these t-shirts will be up for grabs for everyone through We Love Fine's website. Each t-shirt costs $25 and users can snag art prints and mouse pads of select designs for between $25-$45 and $24-26, respectively. Designs selected from the Workshop collection — created by Steam...

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Dota 2 team Newbee just won The International 4 — along with the largest eSports prize pool in history

At this morning's Dota 2 International world championships, Newbee won the gold, and a winner's purse of more than $5 million. Chinese team Newbee fought back from a 7-8 record in single-match play earlier this month to win five consecutive sets, securing their place in the winners bracket for the final. Fellow Chinese team ViCi Gaming sat at the top of the single-match stage with a 12-3 record, though they lost their match against Newbee last Friday afternoon. As a result, they had to fight through the entirety of the main event brackets, beating US team Evil Geniuses Sunday night. The Grand Final started this morning with a commanding win by ViCi as they gave Newbee a rare shellacking. But Newbee turned the tables on ViCi entirely, routing them in three straight games to become...

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The International Dota 2 championship Grand Finals begin today - here's how to watch

After months of qualifiers, single-match play, and multiple brackets, Valve's The International 4 world championship of Dota 2 ends today with the Grand Finals between Chinese teams ViCi Gaming and Newbee. Unlike the rest of this weekend's main event, the finals are a best of five series — the first team to take three wins takes home first place, and a more than $5 million USD purse. Luckily, there are a number of ways to watch today's match. The TI4 Grand Finals are being broadcast live on ESPN3 — this is available through ESPN's web player if you have a valid cable television subscription, and is also live on any of their many live apps, including the ones on Xbox One and Xbox 360. You can also watch all Dota 2 finals coverage on Twitch, at twitch.tv/dota2ti. Even better, if...

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The Dota 2 International championship Grand Finals matchup has been decided

After two weeks of single-match play, eliminations, and the final bracket, Valve's International Dota 2 championship is down to just two teams: the dark horse Chinese team Newbee, who came back from a losing record during single-match play to win straight sets without losing a game in a week of play, and ViCi Gaming. ViCi started strong against US squad Evil Geniuses with a 16 minute win in game one, but suffered a resounding defeat in game two. ViCi regained their footing in a quick game three to secure a berth in the finals against their fellow Chinese team Newbee. With ViCI advancing to the grand finals, fans are looking to Monday, when the two teams will play a best-of-5 series to determine the winner of the International and take home a purse of more than $5 million USD. This is...

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Goblin Techies return to Dota at The International

The Goblin Techies hero — a mainstay of the original Dota — made its return to Dota 2 at The International 2014, yesterday a surprise selection of Evil Geniuses player Arteezy. Here's a look at the Techie in the selection screen. A special taunt for the Techies was a stretch goal for The International's fund raising campaign, one easily surpassed by record sales of The Compendium, the tournament's virtual playbook. That taunt tipped players off to the idea Techies might return, but they didn't expect to see them revealed in this way. For more on The International, see Polygon's ongoing coverage, tune in on Twitch or ESPN's WatchESPN app, and see our breakdown of how The International's prize pool compares to other payouts in major athletics.

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