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Valve announces dates for 2017 Dota International Championships

Be ready to pay more to watch the multi-million dollar tournament

Valve Software has finally made it official: the main event of the seventh annual International Dota 2 Championship — or TI7 — will run from Aug. 7 though Aug. 12 in Seattle, Washington at Key Arena, with the group stage occurring the week prior.

The timing for TI7 is expected, coming almost exactly 12 months after last year’s event and promises of a late summer date for the championship. As in 2016, tickets will be offered separately for “midweek” games and the Finals taking place Friday and Saturday that week.

However, Valve has also announced a marked increase in ticket prices over 2016, which in turn saw prices rise from the year before. Midweek tickets will sell for $100, while Finals tickets will go for $200, an increase of $25 and $100, respectively, over last year’s pricing. All seating at the 2017 Dota 2 International Championships is general admission.

Full packages for TI7 are not available, and fans hoping to attend the full main event will have to attempt to secure tickets via Ticketmaster for midweek and Finals separately. Tickets will go on sale on April 4 at 10 a.m. PT and again at 10 p.m. PT to accommodate worldwide interest in the event. You can find a convenient rundown of international availability times at Valve’s official blog post announcing TI7 dates.

Until then, Dota 2 fans can enjoy the Dota Asia Championship, going on now in Shanghai, China, and next month’s second Major for the current Dota 2 “season,” taking place in Kiev. Both tournaments prize pools total $3 million.