DOTA 2 $1 Million GamesCom Championship Announced

August 1, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

Valve, makers of some of the best PC games, today announced a $1.5 million dollar DOTA 2 tournament that will be broadcast live from GamesCom, a multi-format games trade show and exhibition being held between August 17th and August 21st in Cologne, Germany.

The ‘International DOTA 2 Championships’ will feature sixteen of the best DOTA teams competing in a double-elimination playoff format over the course of the five-day exhibition that’s also open to the paying public. The winning team will walk away with a whopping $1 million cash, which we believe to be the single biggest cash prize in pro-gaming history.

Speaking about the unprecedented tournament, Valve founder and president, Gabe Newell, said, "The International is the first DOTA 2 event we have planned for the tens of millions of gamers playing DOTA around the world. As an aspiring DOTA 2 player, I am personally looking forward to having a chance to watch the best players in the world gather and compete in Cologne."

In addition to the cash prizes awarded by Valve to the competing teams, NVIDIA is providing all the computer hardware for the event and additional hardware prizes to the winning team.

GamesCom will also offer the public the first chance to see and experience DOTA 2, the long-awaited sequel to Defense Of The Ancients, developed for Blizzard’s WarCraft III as a mod in 2003. Due to its popularity a number of titles inspired by DOTA gradually came to market and were classified as Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games, and now, with the assistance of DOTA’s lead developer, IceFrog, Valve has created a true sequel. A “large beta” will follow nearer the game’s to-be-announced release date.