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The International Dota 2 tournament tickets go on sale April 4

Tickets for The International 2014, Valve's massive worldwide Dota 2 tournament, will go on sale April 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster. The finals for the fourth International will be held July 18-21 at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA.  Those wishing to attend can purchase four-day ticket prices at $99 for general admission, $199 for floor seating and $499 for VIP level. The VIP pass includes access to the after party, floor seating, exclusive VIP "meet and greets" and all six days of the play-offs, which take place July 8. This year will involve 11 teams invited directly along with four runner-ups. Regional Qualifiers run from May 12-25 with the winner of each receiving an invitation and four runner-ups will compete in Seattle for the final spot. The list of R...

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The International Dota 2 tournament dated for July in Seattle

The International 2014, Valve's massive Dota 2 tournament with a prize pool of more than $1 million, will return to Seattle this year in a new July time slot, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed in a Reddit AMA. Earlier this week, OnGamers reported that although exact dates have not been finalized, the tournament will be held in mid-July. Newell stated in his AMA that the event would move from its previous location at Benaroya Hall to a larger venue — most likely Seattle's Key Arena. "We haven't finalized where this year's International will be," Newell wrote. "We are pretty sure it will be at Key Arena in Seattle, but we haven't gotten everything finalized, and there is always a risk that our schedules and theirs won't align in some way. As soon as we get everything finalized one way or...

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Dota 2 Fantasy League opens to DreamLeague Season 1 ticket holders

Dota 2 Fantasy League creation is now open to players who purchase tickets for DreamLeague Season 1, according to an announcement on the game's official blog, revealing that Fantasy Team matches will begin on March 3. Once a League is created, players can invite up to five friends to join a league. Users can set a time for the live draft where members can draft pro players onto their team, with each player owned by one person only. Round-robin weekly head-to-head match-ups will automatically be created. Full details about earning points against league members are outlined on the blog post. While players can join numerous friend-created leagues, one DreamLeague Season ticket is required per league creation. Users can have up to eight pro league players on their team consisting of two...

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Valve's 'Free To Play' Dota 2 documentary hits March 19

Free to Play, Valve's documentary about three Dota 2 players, will arrive on Steam March 19, the company announced today. Free to Play will also be screened publicly March 18 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, and tickets are available at Eventbrite. Press play above to see a new trailer for the eSports documentary. Free to Play follows three international Dota 2 players: Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin from Ukraine, Benedict "HyHy" Lim from Singapore and Clinton "Fear" Loomis from the United States. It "takes viewers around the globe to meet the players, their families and their loved ones as they prepare to play for the first $1 million prize ever awarded in pro gaming," according to Valve. Also on March 19, Valve will release the Free To Play Competitor's Pack on Steam and in the Dota...

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Dota, Halo, Team Fortress merch headed to Toy Fair this month

A Crowded Coop is bringing video game-themed merchandise to Toy Fair 2014 this month, according to a press release from the "boutique consumer products" company. Toy Fair attendees will get the first public look at a series of three-inch Team Fortress 2 vinyl figurines "meticulously designed and detailed side-by-side with Valve's artists/designers." The Blu and Red figures will retail for $9.99 each. Fans of the Halo series can check out an ammo crate tin lunch box, which is based on the UNSC ammo crate from Halo 4. It will feature a reusable sandwich bag and retail for $29.99. A Crowded Coop, whose "product junkies, geeks, and pet lovers" have been creating consumer products since 2010, will also show items based on Dota 2 and Portal as well as non-video game properties like A...

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MLG and JoinDota to hold six-week, $60K Dota 2 tournament

Major League Gaming and JoinDota are coming together to hold the six-week, $60,000 TKO tournament Feb. 4 through March 22. MLG.tv and JoinDota will broadcast between six and eight Dota 2 matches each day of the international tournament, where teams will complete within their geographic regions in round robin stages followed by a championship match. The first round robin stage begins Feb. 4, and championship matches will take place March 22. You can see a competition schedule at MLG's official site. Organizers will allocate $30,000 per region with $14,000 for first place, $8,500 for second, $4,500 for third and $1,500 for fourth and fifth. Teams from the Americas and their home regions include Denial eSports (U.S.), eHug (U.S.), For Sweet Revenge (Peru), Pool Sorcery Some Tangoes...

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Valve debuting Terrorblade hero during Dota 2 'New Bloom' (correction)

Valve revealed more details about Dota 2's latest holiday event, the New Bloom, today with the unveiling of a new hero: Terrorblade. Terrorblade, the "demon marauder," strikes fear into the hearts of demons, according to Dota 2 lore. But after stealing from the Demon Lords, he was imprisoned in Foulfell, the hell for Hell. Instead of accepting his fate — staring at a mirror in which his soul was reflected back at him — he mastered his reflection and unleashed it upon the world. In Dota 2, Terrorblade's abilities include Reflection, which allows him to create a double of an enemy that then attacks the original creature and slows it down; Conjure Image, with which he can create a ghost of himself for assistance; Metamorphosis, which lets him swap out his melee attack for a stronger...

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'Fake' eSports names contribute to gaming culture and connect players to fans

It’s a frustrating argument. Getting rid of aliases would be destructive to the future and established culture of competitive gaming. The primary reason people give for ditching aliases boils down to the fact that some people feel kind of silly cheering for "Dendi" and would rather cheer for "Danylo Ishutin." Which is fine. You don’t have to enjoy the practice of using aliases for pro players. The problem is that this isn’t any individual person or organization’s decision to make. Not even Riot Games, who controls every aspect the League of Legends competitive scene, should consider ending this practice. This is a cultural artifact dating back decades; eSports teams, players, and fans from dozens of countries have decided they want to use these aliases in event after event. T...

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Valve paid $10.2M to Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 item creators

New statistics from Valve reveal the company paid a total of $10,215,796 to 661 in-game item creators over the course of 2013. The company's sponsorship of user-generated content, including Team Fortress 2's Robotic Boogaloo, has led to contributors for titles Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 receiving earnings of more than $15,000 each on average, or roughly $4,300 for each of the 2,349 items produced. Over 90 percent of items in Team Fortress 2 are now fan-made, according to Valve, with over 500 million items sold to players so far. Valve's reveal took place during this year's annual Steam Dev Days which ran from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16.

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What eSports could learn from an amazing four-person Super Metroid speedrun

Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 was also host to one of the hands-down best examples of video game commentary that I've ever experienced. Four well-respected speedrunners — Garrison, Krauser, Ivan, and Zoast — raced each other to completion in Super Metroid. This Super Nintendo classic was one of the first games to grow interest in speedrunning and it remains a popular way for players to show their skill. Two off-screen voices — Golden and Sinister1 — narrated the events, introducing each runner and describing some of the skills necessary to successfully complete Super Metroid in such a short time. Commentary as education This is a major format change for Awesome Games Done Quick, as most of the week's speedruns were single-person exhibitions. The runners themselves are often...

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