Valve hints The International-like event for CS:GO

Dota 2 fans around the world are getting ready for the game’s world championships The International this weekend, and it seems that if Valve has its way, another game might get the same treatment in the future.

Fans have raised more than $10million in prizes for the event, and snapped up more than 10,000 tickets to attend in less than an hour. The hype for The International 2014 is palpable – so why shouldn’t Valve look to recreate its success?

The studio’s Erik Johnson explains that the studio has a few ideas in the works, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is top of the list.

I don’t know if it would be called The International, but the guys working on Counter-Strike made a lot of progress on supporting the professional community around that game. We all work at the same company and share a lot of ideas, and given how successful this tournament has become I don’t see any reason why a lot of the same things couldn’t be applied directly to Counter-Strike.

Speaking on camera with Russian site Prodota.ru, Johnson acknowledges that community response to The International is “something that’s going to be pretty difficult to ignore for any game team.”

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a free-to-play rendition of the popular FPS, is currently the second-most played game on Steam, albeit a distant second to Dota 2. Team Fortress 2 comes in third.

Don’t get too excited just yet: Johnson’s just talking about ideas – he’s quick to point out that Valve has nothing to announce at this time.

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