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Tickets for Dota 2's The International 2016 go on sale next week

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Tournament will be held Aug. 8 to AUg. 13

Tickets for The International 2016, the world championship of Dota 2, will go on sale Thursday, April 7, Valve has announced. Tickets will range from $75 to $100.

The event returns to KeyArena in Seattle for a third consecutive year and will be held Monday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Aug. 13. Tickets are being offered in two groupings, a midweek package at $75 that allows access to events held Aug. 8 to Aug. 11, which includes the opening ceremony and an all-star event. The Finals ticket, at $100, grants a seat for the last two days of the event.

Attendees will also collect unique in-game items for Dota 2 by attending. To be eligible, the attendance badge must be linked to a Steam account, and the bearer must be in the arena at the time of First Blood in each Dota 2 match, when the loot will be disbursed.

Those who only buy the midweek ticket option will still be able to watch the final rounds at a large outdoor viewing area on the arena grounds, Valve said.

Tickets go on sale Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

Qualifying rounds for The International 2016 will be held beginning June 21, with regional qualifiers following June 25. The International also should be offering the Compendium again. The Compendium is a digital companion and program for the tournament that features unlockable rewards, a leveling system, and challenges for players to complete. Sales of the Compendium help fund the prize pool at the International, and last year's pool topped $18 million, the largest in a single tournament in esports history.

Last year's winner, Evil Geniuses, prevailed over CDEC in four games in the best-of-five final.