Between August 3 and August 13, Seattle’s Key Arena will play host to some of the fiercest MOBA competition to be found on planet Earth during Valve’s International. If you’re one of the millions who can’t make it, though, you havent been forgotten. Valve and Twitch have teamed up to live-stream the entire tournament.
If you’re not familiar with eSports’ premier gathering, it’s a ten-day event that focuses on Valve’s Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena that originally sprung from the lore of Warcraft. Individual matches consist of two five-person teams facing off in a best-of-three match.
Some of the highest profile eSports teams in the world including Team Liquid, Alliance, and Team Secret will go head-to-head for the biggest pot in gaming. This year, the International’s fluctuating prize has surpassed $19 million. The winning team is set to take home more than $8.5 million.
This year, Twitch and Valve have secured a 1080p feed that streams at 60 frames per second. If you don’t have that kind of internet connection, several video options are available for your streaming pleasure.
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The International never fails to excite; it’s the gaming equivalent of the Sweet Sixteen only with violence.
If youve never tuned in to the International, you’re missing out. This year’s tournament promises to be bigger and better than ever before. It’s the perfect time to throw on some headphones and pretend you’re working.Photos via dota2walls.com, giphy.com