Valve has kicked off its 2012 Dota 2 tournament The International, where teams of highly skilled Dota players will compete for a one million dollar grand prize. If you’re interested in watching the tournament as it runs between August 31 and September 2, it can be viewed for free online or though a dedicated client on Valve’s Steam digital distribution platform.
Dota 2 has been in beta testing for quite some time and routinely ranks as the most popular game on Steam. Whenever it’s ready to officially launch, it will be free to play and have the entire roster of heroes unlocked. A microtransaction system, which is currently live in the beta, will allow players to purchase cosmetic upgrades for things like heroes and item couriers.
Valve also just released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, an update of its long-running competitive shooter franchise, which was recently reviewed on IGN.
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