Valve releases 'Dota 2' spectator app on Steam in advance of The International championships

Dota 2 spectator app lets everyone watch The International tournament.

For the multiplayer online battle arena game aficionado who might prefer to watch, rather than play, heated matches of Dota 2, Valve has released the Dota 2 Spectator Client on Steam. Anyone with a Steam account and a Windows PC —but without access to the Dota 2's playable beta — can now watch live and recent matches, just in time for Valve's "The International" tournament.

The spectator client will serve as one of the key ways for players to watch Valve's Dota 2 championships later this month.

Dota 2's spectator client features Player Perspective, Commentators, and Directed views. Valve writes on the official Dota 2 blog that the spectator client will ultimately become the full game client "once we expand server capacity enabling Matchmaking, Chat, Persona, etc."

Valve will host "The International" Dota 2 championships in Seattle, Washington from August 31st to September 2nd alongside Penny Arcade's PAX convention. "The International" preliminaries runs August 26th to 28th.

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