Qualifying rounds kick off on May 12, across four regional divisions. The winner of those divisions will then be sent off to The International to compete, while each of the four runners-up will head over to duke it out in an onsite qualifier for the last spot among the final 16 when The International kicks off, July 18-21.
This is the fourth International championship – the first was held three years ago in Cologne, Germany. 16 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world fought amongst themselves for a grand prize of US$1 million.
Last year saw Valve‘s initial contribution to the prize pool boosted by Dota 2 gamers via the Interactive Compendium, bringing the total prize pool to more than US$2.8 million. Details on the 2014 Compendium will be revealed “soon”, says Valve.
This will be the first year The International will be held at a different American venue, shifting to the KeyArena in Seattle. Tickets to the event sold out in less than one hour, but if you missed out you can still tune in online – free of charge – and watch the games, complete with play-by-play in multiple languages.