Valve has officially announced that DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) will be unveiled at The International, a public event where sixteen of the best DotA teams in the world will be competing for a prize of one million dollars (USD).
The tournament will take place in Cologne, Germany from August 17th to August 21st – and be broadcast live free of charge in four languages (Chinese, German, Russian and English).
The tournament teams have already been practicing, no doubt helping Valve with play testing – and Gabe Newell is impressed:
“The International is the first public DotA 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing DotA around the world their first look at the new game. I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and level the of play is extraordinary.”
A million dollar prize to the winner is a huge amount in the e-sports world – which no doubt will bring out some challenging competition. A tournament is a great way to launch the sequal to Defense of the Ancients, a game that will need to be heavily tested and carefully balanced. The International will be a showcase of how the game performs in a tournament setting – and provide loads of exposure for the title in the DotA community.
Previously, DotA developer IceFrog spoke about DotA 2 as well as several technical improvements that are expected to be included in the sequel – such as player reconnects and ranked matchmaking. These features have come to be expected in DotA clones such as League of Legend and Heroes of Newerth and will be welcome additions for the DotA faithful.
For links to the live broadcast feeds of The International and more details on DotA 2 head to the official website.
DotA 2 is planned for release in 2011 on the PC and Mac – via Steam.