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.
|1. BIF - $340||2. chasp_0 - $251||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. Ryu Connor - $250||5. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||6. aeassa - $175|
|7. dashbarron - $150||8. Captain Ned - $100||9. Anonymous Gerbil - $100|
|10. Bill Door - $100|
|Asus brightens up its Z170 Pro Gaming mobo with Aura RGB LEDs||20|
|Apple sells its billionth iPhone||19|
|TT Premium Edition RGB LED radiator fans play better together||7|
|Toshiba's latest BiCS flash is stacked 64 layers high||11|
|Xiaomi breaks into ultrabooks with Mi Notebook series||6|
|Redmi Pro phone offers a metal body and dual cameras on a budget||29|
|iPad sales stabilize in Apple's fiscal 2016 third quarter||42|
|Seagate Nytro family now includes a 2TB M.2 SSD||17|
|Crucial fills out MX300 SSDs with 275GB, 525GB, and 1TB models||32|
|Now you can install Crysis directly on the video card!||+59|