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Steam kicks off holiday sale with BioShock, Batman, more

It's that time of year again, boys and girls. No, not time to express your love for the people who raised you, but instead, it's time for Steam's holiday sale. This year's sale runs from December 19 to January 3 and as in previous iterations, it offers a wide swath of discounts. First, there are...

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Dota 2 drops sign-ups, now available to all

Valve finally made Dota 2 available to all, meaning the MOBA's rigmarole of keys, invites, and sign-ups is a thing of the past. Sure, getting past Valve's digital gates hasn't exactly been a case of finding Willy Wonka's golden tickets, but at least this way no-one has to stuff their arteries with ...

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Dota 2 players to enjoy newfound futility in Stanley Parable announcer pack

Indie developer Davey Wreden revealed that the next Dota 2 announcer pack update will feature the dry, understated wit of Kevan Brighting, narrator of the off-kilter PC hit The Stanley Parable. Wreden and The Stanley Parable co-developer William Pugh are currently writing the script for the upco...

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Valve 'underestimated' desire for Dota 2 event, explains lack of Diretide

Last year, Valve ran a special in-game event for Dota 2, called "Diretide," to coincide with the real-world event of Halloween. This year, Diretide was nowhere to be found, and it's only been just recently that Valve explained why. So why no Diretide this year? According to a post on the Dota 2 ...

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Dota 2 First Blood update brings LAN support and GLaDOS

Valve will update its Dota 2 client with the First Blood patch on September 23, giving players new weapons, items, announcers and ways to play, while also balancing the game overall. The big highlights coming with First Blood are LAN support, a new Captain's Draft mode, a refined Armory browsing ex...

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Dota 2 enters beta testing in China next week

Come September 25, Valve Software's Dota 2 will enter beta testing in the world's most populous country: China. "We have been working diligently to localize 'Dota 2' for Chinese players and we are now ready to launch unlimited closed beta testing in China for the game," said Robert Xiao, CEO of ...

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Alliance wins The International 2013 Dota 2 tournament, earns over $1.4 million

The winner of The International 2013 Dota 2 Championship is Alliance, a group of five players from Sweden. Alliance beat out team Natus Vincere in a five-game match to earn the title and win more than $1.4 million. The five-day event was held in Seattle, Washington this year, and had a prize poo...

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The International 3 begins, prize pool over $2.8 million

Valve's The International 3 championships for DOTA 2 kicked off this week with a prize pool worth $2.8 million, the biggest for a single event in eSports history, Gamespot reported on Saturday. The event began on August 2 with a 1v1 Solo Championship and a Wild Card match. The roster for the Sol...

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DOTA 2 dives onto Mac and Linux

Valve's latest update for DOTA 2 has added lanes for both Mac and Linux. The update offers character balance tweaks that will make the most of every frenzied click, as well as a slew of adjustments to the user interface, matchmaking tools, visuals and audio elements. Rounds in tournament and pra...

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Dota 2 launching now, officially

Valve's Dota 2 is concluding its jungling beta and picking a lane to launch. The developer announced late last night that the multiplayer online battle arena game (with the sketchy trademark past) is officially launching now. According to Valve, during Dota 2's beta over the past two years, the ...

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