Valve's The International 2015

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2015 - 10:55 PM |
Tagged: pc gaming, esports, valve, DOTA, DOTA 2, asus, ASUS ROG

Each year, Valve Software puts on a giant DOTA2 tournament where teams compete for literally millions of dollars. As of this writing, the prize pool currently sits at $17.9 million USD, which is divided between a 6.5 million USD first place prize, down to just under $54,000 USD for 13th through 16th place. Granted, these are per-team prizes, so individual players and their organizations will split the earnings from there how they see fit. It will take place between August 3rd and end with the Grand Finals on August 8th.

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Last year, the event was broadcast on ESPN3. While it does not seem to be mentioned on the official website, although the online streaming WatchESPN is listed, ESPN's calendar has The International on its ESPN3 calendar for all six days. That said, you could always watch it online like you obviously watch every episode of the PC Perspective podcast. Right? Live and participating in the chat?

You can also check out an ASUS RoG contest at the JoinDOTA website. The top prize is an ROG G751 Gaming Laptop, a mouse with mousepad, and t-shirt. Second prize gets the mouse, mousepad, and t-shirt. Third and fourth place gets a different mouse (without a mousepad) and a t-shirt. Fifth place has been there, done that, but only gets a t-shirt.

And for the rest of us, maybe someone will snap a picture of a Valve workstation while they're aren't looking... again.

Source: Valve

ESPN Carries Valve's The International DOTA 2 Tournament

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2014 - 04:12 AM |
Tagged: valve, espn, DOTA 2, DOTA

eSports? Did someone say sports? ESPN is there. DOTA 2 is one of the most popular PC Games, #2 in Raptr's listing, and currently the most played Valve game (by more than a factor of two over Counter-Strike: GO). The International 2014 is their fourth multi-million dollar tournament. This year's prize pool of almost $11 million USD.

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And ESPN is broadcasting it on TV through their ESPN3 channel. On Sunday, the second-last day of the tournament, ESPN2 will air "Live from The International" at 11:30 PM EDT (UTC-4). This will have match highlights, discussion, interviews with players, and an interview with Gabe Newell. The tournament will host its grand finals the next day, on ESPN3.

Source: AusGamers

Minecraft DOTA: Because FP DOTA needs more awesome?

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2012 - 12:49 AM |
Tagged: Minecraft, DOTA

Defense of the Ancients, originally a mod for Blizzard-based games which inspired games like League of Legends and DOTA2, comes to Minecraft. Unlike other variants, it is from a first-person perspective rather than top-down -- and it’s in Minecraft without needing client-side mods.

If you are a PC gamer -- firstly, welcome home -- but also you are probably will aware of something called a “mod community”.

Minecraft lends itself well to mod developers. Minecraft for the PC allows for their community to edit much of the game to customize it to their likings. Even without editing the core game client itself, there is a large amount of customization possible from within the game -- including, apparently, developing a fully functional DOTA game type.

I cannot possibly describe how epic this is…

The game type of DOTA is quite simple in concept: kill AI to get money, use money to buy items, use items to kill the enemy team and their base.

Normally played from a top-down perspective, Minecraft DOTA is played from a first person perspective. One or two towers are placed in each of your team’s three lanes out to the jungle. In order to kill an enemy, you must destroy all five of their towers which is a feat requiring at least two people to accomplish. Once all five towers are destroyed, you can destroy their nexus (which requires three attackers) and win.

Check out the latest build at MineCraftForum.net.