is due to launch this summer in its full form throughout North America and Europe, Valve's VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi tells Gamespot
. It will hit before this year's The International
championship, which runs August 7 - 11 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. This is the third installment of Dota 2
's The International tournament, which offers a prize of $1 million for the Dota 2
team that proves it's the best in the world.
in 2011, and nearly anyone can now purchase an early access key
and start playing immediately. The early access key costs $30 and adds some downloadable goodies, though Dota 2
is a free-to-play game and it should live up to that descriptor when it goes live sometime before August.