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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Steam accounts now link with Twitch accounts, Dota 2 makes first use of feature

Folks with both Steam accounts and Twitch.tv accounts can now make the two the best of friends, and by doing so alleviate a minor inconvenience associated with watching competitive Dota 2. Until now, players had to choose between watching Dota 2 tournaments either in-game or via Twitch, with the...

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Dota 2 to launch before August 7, ahead of The International

Dota 2 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...

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Dota 2 introduces 'Interactive Compendium' tournament companion

Valve has supplemented its upcoming "The International" Dota 2 tournament with a new virtual book, the "International 2013 Interactive Compendium." Available for $10 on the official Dota 2 shop, the Interactive Compendium will deliver news on the tournament and allow players to vote on...

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