This week is the much-anticipated “DotA 2” International Championships, also known as Ti5. While being at Seattle Center’s KeyArena for all the action would be amazing, that’s not always an option. Luckily for gaming fans developer Valve is streaming the contests live, and you can watch them here.
“DotA 2” is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that was first released in July 2013. If you are not quite sure why The International 2015, or “DotA 2,” is a big deal think about it this way – the game had over 7.8 million players in May last year, in February this year it was the first game to hit 1 million concurrent players on Steam.
As an eSport “DotA 2” is right up there, with the first International having a $1 million prize pool. The game has grown a lot since its debut, and this year teams will be fighting for their share of over $18 million. First-place winners will be taking home over $6.5 million, with second place getting over $2.8 million and third over $2.1 million. Even the teams that take out 13th to 16th place will receive around $54,000 each.
Planning for the Major Championships later this year has already begun, with Valve announcing details during the Ti5 tournament.
Valve will be streaming from August 3 to 8, starting at 10 a.m. PDT. Watch all the action from Valve’s Ti5 Twitch stream below.