August 31, 2012 - Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the start of The International Dota 2 Championships 2012.
The event takes place today through Sunday at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA.
The tournament is being broadcast worldwide, free of charge, with play-by-play commentary in multiple languages, the ability to view the games from multiple angles, and more - all in full HD quality - from a dedicated client (available here: http://www.dota2.com/international/mainevent/watch/). A browser-based broadcast of the action is also available.
Meanwhile, those in the Seattle area this weekend attending PAX Prime may attend The International, free of charge with a PAX Badge (based upon space availability in the Hall).
The International was launched last year in Cologne, Germany during Gamescom with 16 of the most elite Dota teams competing in a group stage, double elimination playoff format for a grand prize of $1 million.
Coming soon to the PC, Dota 2 promises to take the unique blend of online RTS and RPG action that has made Dota popular with tens of millions of gamers around the world.
For more information on Valve and its games, please visit www.dota2.com