Valve has confirmed that this year’s Dota 2 championship is kicking off between July 18-21 at Seattle’s KeyArena. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys watching the best in the world duke it out over a video game, you’ll need to get ready: Tickets go on sale this week!
Mark your calendars: Tickets for The International go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday, April 4th at 3pm Pacific (What’s that in my timezone?).
Four day tickets will set you back US$99 for General Admission, $199 for Floor Seating, and $499 for VIP level. The extra bucks will get you some nifty bonuses:
- Access to all 6 days of Playoffs (formerly Group Stage) taking place on July 8th, before the Championships Event
- Floor Seating
- Exclusive VIP Meet & Greets
- Access to the After Party
If you can’t get to Seattle for the event, Valve is offering the next-best thing: The entire event will be streamed online, free of charge, with play-by-play commentary offered in a number of languages.
The first International was held in Cologne, Germany, as part of Gamescom. 16 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams competed for a $1m grand prize. By 2013, that prize money had swelled to more than $2.8m, thanks to Dota 2 players participating in the Interactive Compendium.
This year, the Compendium is coming back alongside The International – stay tuned for more details.