The International Dota 2 Championship returns to the KeyArena Seattle for six days beginning August 8. The final tournament of the Dota Majors features the best teams in the world competing for a multi-million dollar grand prize. The atmosphere inside KeyArena rivals that of a playoff game, which is why tickets sell out so quickly. For The International Dota 2 Championship 2016, tickets are sold in two waves with the first beginning at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT).
Tickets for last year's The International sold out in 10 minutes. Passes were sold in two waves, the first batch of tickets were sold in the morning and an equal amount of tickets were sold beginning at 10 p.m. PDT to give international buyers a better chance of going to the event. The morning batch sold out in six minutes while the second round sold out in four minutes.
The International 2016 will once again go on-sale in two waves, but there are now two ticket options to choose from. A $75 Midweek ticket lets fans view the first four days of the tournament including the opening ceremony and all-star match. A $100 Finals ticket is good for the last two days of the tournament. Midweek ticket holders will not be left without an option to view the Finals as Valve will set up a free screening area outside of KeyArena for the semifinals and finals. Valve has a time zone converter for cities such as Moscow, Singapore, Seoul and Sydney on their website. There's a limit of five tickets per household.
Valve will drop 500 exclusive Attendee Treasures at First Blood, the first kill of the game, for those inside the arena. In order to access the in-game item, badges must be connected to a Steam account. Details on how to do that will be announced at a later date.
For The International 2015, 16 teams advanced through the qualifiers to compete at KeyArena . The International 2015 featured a prize pool of $18.4 million. Evil Geniuses won the tournament, earning $6.6 million in the process.