The International (video gaming)
|Location(s)||Cologne, Germany (2011)
Seattle, Washington, United States (2012, 2013)
|Inaugurated||August 17, 2011- August 21, 2011|
|Most recent||August 7, 2013- August 11, 2013|
|Organised by||Valve Corporation|
The International is an annual electronic sports Dota 2 championship tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the video game developer behind Dota 2, in which sixteen teams are personally invited to compete. The tournament began as the first public debut of Dota 2 in August 2011 at Gamescom, with a total prize pot of $1.6 million, with a grand prize of one million dollars going towards the championship team, setting the record for being the most lucrative video game tournament at the time.
The International 2011
Sixteen teams were invited to the tournament, with the top eight teams receiving prize money.
|7/8th||Online Kingdom.Nirvana int||$25,000|
The International 2012
Valve announced The International 2012 on May 10, 2012, with the first two teams invited being the highest-rated DotA team in the world, DK, and the defending champions, Natus Vincere. Unlike the previous year, Valve would host the event independently at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle from August 31 to September 2. In total sixteen teams would attend, with fourteen invites and two wild card geographically-based qualifiers.
The International 2013
Valve announced The International 2013 on April 25, 2013. It was again hosted at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle from August 7 to 11. The first team to be invited were the defending champions, Invictus Gaming. Sixteen teams participated, thirteen of which received invitations, and the final three being decided in two qualifying tournaments and a match at the start of the tournament. On May 6, it was announced that an interactive compendium would be available for purchase, detailing and cataloging the progression of The International, in addition to allowing for extensive interactivity to be made. A quarter of the revenue from the compendium was added to the prize pool for the tournament, thereby extending the winnings of the participating teams. Via the sales of interactive compendiums, The International reclaimed its previous title as the largest prize pool in electronic sports history, exceeding the two million dollar prize pool from the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship. The total prizepool awarded to the winners was $2,874,381.
The tournament is broadcast in five languages (English, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and German) through livestreams on the official website and on Twitch.tv. They are recorded and uploaded to YouTube and Youku.
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