The Dota 2
tournament called "The International" is set to return for a third round
this year, with two different qualifiers leading up to a championship on August 7. The West Qualifier will run May 13-19, and be hosted by eSports outfit GDStudio, and the East Qualifier, hosted by BeyondtheSummit, will go from May 20-26.
Those two qualifier winners will be joined by last year's winners from Invictus Gaming
, twelve other contenders, and a special Wild Card contender, to be determined from the qualifier runner-ups right before the final showdown.
The contest itself will take place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and all of the matches will be broadcast online to watch for free. No official prizes have been announced yet, but traditionally The International boasts a $1 million payout for the winner, so the stakes will undoubtedly be high.