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Tickets to The International 2014 sell out within an hour

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Tickets to The International 2014 — Valve's official world championship for Dota 2 — sold out within an hour on Friday, Valve confirmed.

Now the only way to watch the event live will be the same as any other sold out sporting event: buy from a scalper. Already some are on eBay, with many general admission seats listed between $300 and $450. Their face value is $99.

Valve's Doug Lombardi told onGamers that all 10,000 tickets were gone "roughly one hour after they went on sale." The event will be held at Seattle's Key Arena July 18-21.

Regional qualifiers will begin May 12 in eight cities worldwide. Four teams will advance from qualifying to The International 2014, with another 11 teams directly invited.

The International's prize pool will again be more than $2.5 million. Alliance beat Natus Vincere in five games to win The International 2013 and a $1.4 million first-place prize. The tournament played to an online viewership of more than 1 million.

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