Dota 2 "The International" e-Sports explosion?

02 August 2011
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Gamescon, August 17th-21st, Valve has put possibly the biggest e-sports prize up for grabs for 16 hand picked Dota teams to battle over in the very first Dota 2 tournament. A massive $1million is the prize for the winner, and for everyone outside of those top 16 teams we have the pleasure of seeing Dota 2 in action for the very first time, with the whole tournament being casted in multiple languages for us all to enjoy. So in less than 3 weeks time, possibly a landmark e-sports game will be born via the brute force of Valve's wallet - it's certainly a good way to wash aside the competition in the MOBA scene (the game type Dota falls into) such as Heroe's of Newarth, the original Dota, and League of Legends. LoL and HoN have struggled to gain a place in e-sports, with LoL being the more successful of the two, and have never really drawn in much money - definitely no where near $1million. Valve plans to change this, and force Dota 2 into the e-sports scene by dangling a large bag of cash for all the MOBA players to see....quite a good plan actually! So will Dota 2 be able to keep up with the pace Valve are setting? Only time will tell. The game certainly has a talented development team behind it, and is not to mention the one true sequel to Dota and has promised to stay true to the original, where as games like LoL seem to have watered down the Dota experience and made a new game completely. Hopefully Valve will be willing to support Dota 2 and its venture into the e-sports arena, as failure to have anyone follow up this simply massive tournament could result in 'just another MOBA' floating around the wannabe e-sports scene. Fingers crossed Dota 2 amazes us all, and best of luck to the 16 teams competing at pressure on them at all I'm sure :) All eyes on for more info!
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  • Comment Link Ghostchanter Monday, 08 August 2011 00:08 posted by Ghostchanter

    LoL struggled greatly to get a place in the e-sports scene, and it will even further when Dota2 comes out.
    When LoL was first released along with HoN, people wanted to push HoN as it was viewed as the better game and more competitive in terms of game play, which IMO it actually is by a large margin.
    Over time due to their excellent free to play model and consistent support LoL has become more and more popular and it is due to this rise in popularity that it is slowly finding a secure place in a lot of competitive scenes such as ESL and MLG etc etc.
    Many of the pro sponsored teams were only in HoN, and are now debating over migrating to LoL or Dota 2. Problem with migrating to LoL is the way it is heading is making it almost a different game to Dota, so while popular, mechanically it really is the inferior game for esports.

    Numbers and popularity however are extremely important, and should LoL keep its numbers high when DoTa 2 comes out it should cement its place in esports calendars. Until then however, it is in my opinion, always struggling to hold its place.

    Hope that explains my logic to you :)

  • Comment Link M4Tt3vV Sunday, 07 August 2011 00:46 posted by M4Tt3vV

    Have to say I completely disagree with your statement of LoL struggling to gain a place in e-sports. It has more than gained a place in e-sports at this current moment. I highly doubt Dota2 is going to knock it off at all.

  • Comment Link inv Wednesday, 03 August 2011 04:00 posted by inv

    Interesting article! Valve ftw as per usual.

  • Comment Link Ghostchanter Wednesday, 03 August 2011 02:03 posted by Ghostchanter

    Possibly the biggest hope for e-sports in the near future - really looking forward to it :)

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