The International, Valve's yearly Dota 2 championship, is kind of a big deal. Dota 2 is by far the most popular game on Steam, and the tournament includes the best players in the world. This year's prize pool totals $10.8 million, nearly half of which will go to the winning team.
Valve is streaming matches live, and sports giant ESPN is set to get in on the action. Starting tomorrow, the broadcaster will show select matches on ESPN 3, its online channel. A preview of the finals is also scheduled for television, via ESPN 2, on Sunday evening.
There's no denying that there's a huge audience for Dota 2 and its ilk, but I'm curious to see how many people tune in on television. The finals preview is reportedly an EPSN exclusive; it presumably won't be streamed for free like the matches themselves. Thanks to The Verge for the tip.
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