Dota 2's giant tournament The International 2013 had a prize pool of $2.8 million, up from an initial $1.6 due to generous fans purchasing a "Compendium" digital booklet. To say the venue, Seattle's Benaroya Theater, was a bit small considering the breadth of the event and its prize pool would be an understatement. Luckily Valve has bigger plans for The International 2014, announcing today that the event will be held at Seattle's Key Arena.
All that's left is to fill up the Key Arena's seats with excitable Dota 2 fans, which Valve agrees with considering they're starting ticket sales for the 4-day event this Friday. Starting April 6 tickets go on sale at three different price tiers: the $99 General Admission, $199 Floor Seating and the $499 VIP level. Yes, these are all 4-day tickets and Valve makes no mention of selling individual day tickets. If you'd like to go, make sure to plan a trip around it.
What sort of ticket costs $499? Well, this ain't just any VIP ticket. This one's for the hardcore Dota 2 fans who are dedicated to the full International experience:
- Access to all 6 days of Playoffs (formerly Group Stage) taking place on July 8th, before the Championships Event
- Floor Seating
- Exclusive VIP Meet & Greets
- Access to the After Party
It's almost too much! Okay, it probably really is too much for anyone that doesn't actually live in Seattle and can easily afford to drive over to the venue on the fly. That's what summer vacation is for, right kids? Good luck paying for hotel costs.
This year's International, much like the past, will feature 16 teams battling for the shield of victory. That includes 11 teams invited directly by Valve, four teams to be decided by regional qualifiers held between May 12 and 25, and the final spot decided in the days prior to the International between the four regional runners-up. It's an event much larger than it even appears. Prepare.
Dota 2 is Valve's free-to-play MOBA directly inspired by the original modification of WarCraft III. Only better in every way possible. The International 2014 approaches!