Ti4  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ti4  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network [Infographic] Dota 2 International Prize Neck-And-Neck with 'Traditional' Sports Winnings https://www.gameskinny.com/9u6c1/infographic-dota-2-international-prize-neck-and-neck-with-traditional-sports-winnings https://www.gameskinny.com/9u6c1/infographic-dota-2-international-prize-neck-and-neck-with-traditional-sports-winnings Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:48:15 -0400 Amanda Wallace

If you haven't heard already, the 2014 DotA 2 International is the largest eSports prize pool ever, beating even previous years of the International. And this year is the first year that the International will be shown on ESPN, a channel devoted to traditional sports. 

So how does the International fare as far as the prizes of some of the most well known and established sporting tournaments of today? 

As of writing this article, the International's prize pool has reached a staggering $10.9 million, mostly courtesy of fan contributions. With that, it has surpassed some major international sporting events, including the Masters, the Superbowl, the Tour de France, the Kentucky Derby, and the Boston Marathon. 

The only event that the DotA 2 International has not yet surpassed is the Indy 500, which gives out a staggering $14.23 million. However, there is a higher monetary barrier of entry for the Indy 500: you have to own a professional grade vehicle, have a pit crew, etc. While some of that is covered by sponsors, it is much cheaper to participate in DotA 2. Fear, before the second International, was living with his mother according to Valve documentary "Free to Play." You don't hear the same thing about Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon. 

The International 4 Gets National Cable Airtime https://www.gameskinny.com/uieup/the-international-4-gets-national-cable-airtime https://www.gameskinny.com/uieup/the-international-4-gets-national-cable-airtime Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:41:20 -0400 Chris_Lemus

The International 2014, Dota 2’s biggest tournament, will enter the mainstream with a cable television deal involving “the worldwide leader in sports.”

Valve announced on Thursday coverage of the five-day event will be presented in collaboration with ESPN, beginning with a broadcast by ESPN3 on Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

Valve’s Market Director of Operations Erik Johnson said:

From the success of the Compendium to the collaboration with ESPN, this year's International really demonstrates how much competitive gaming has grown to rival traditional sports. We believe the teams have also pushed to a new level of play this year and will further demonstrate the incredible advances made across this tournament since it first began three short years ago.

Dota 2’s premier tournament began in Germany with a prize pool of $1 million. This year, it has caught the gaming community’s attention by offering the largest cash grand prize ever in a competitive gaming tournament - $10.8 million.

Players of the game were mostly responsible for helping raise the record amount, motivated by in-game rewards with every monetary goal.

While all 10,000 tickets for the event in Seattle’s Key Arena have been sold out, ESPN3 will be providing Dota 2 fans who tune in to the online streaming service with match highlights, interviews, and commentary.

ESPN’s partnership with Valve is the latest collaboration during the recent growth in popularity of eSports.

Last year, the League of Legends finals was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event brought a sold out audience of 11,000 people to see gamers compete in the online multiplayer battle arena game. Recently, ESPN partnered with Major League Gaming (MLG) in June to host a Call of Duty tournament during the X Games.

In addition to ESPN3 providing coverage, an exclusive finals preview show will take place on cable channel ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m. ET.

The final match preview can also be viewed digitally on WatchESPN.

The International 2014 main event matches will take place July 18 through the 22, concluding with the final match presented on ESPN 3.

Must Watch Games: Dota 2 International 2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/8xh1h/must-watch-games-dota-2-international-2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/8xh1h/must-watch-games-dota-2-international-2014 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:08:50 -0400 Amanda Wallace

There have been a lot of really great games in the 2014 DotA 2 International, but with the sheer volume of games you might not have managed to catch some of the stand outs. After all, you might have school or work that would stop you from taking the time to watch every single International game. And highlight reels can take away from the pulse pounding action of watching a Tiny vault a Chaos Knight across the screen for a kill. 

For those who want to actually watch some pulse-pounding, heart-stopping DotA 2 action in real time, here are some of the great games from the 2014 International. I'll be adding more as the championship progresses. 

Note: These are quick recaps of games, if you look closely you might see some Spoilers in my recommendations as these are games that have already happened. 

For where to watch the 2014 DotA 2 International, you can check out my guide here

Evil Geniuses vs. Alliance 

Alliance, the winners of the TI3, are an amazing team. They have arguably one of the better mids with S4, and a line-up of top-of-the-world DotA 2 players. Evil Geniuses have been having an amazing TI4, and are one of the teams to watch this year. 

This game is insane. It's got a bit of everything going on at once, but probably the stand out for this game would probably be EG's Mason and his usage of Storm Spirit. Really, the game is worth watching just for that Storm Spirit. 

You can watch the game on Youtube.

Team Liquid vs. Na'vi

Na'vi has had an excellent history at the International as one time winner and second place champions a different year. Team Liquid has had a pretty good International and they're certainly excellent players. 

So why watch Na'vi vs. Team Liquid? Dendi as Tiny, which is a character he's pretty good at. There's also some really great plays from Team Liquid, such as a double Chronosphere and a solid Queen of Pain. 

You can catch this game on Youtube

Cloud9 vs. DK (Game 2) 

DK has been a real powerhouse this International. Cloud9 hasn't really been resting on their past successes either, but this game is true demolition at it's finest. 

The game ends at 11 minutes and 30 seconds, making it the shortest game in the International so far. It's a truly fantastic experience, and great for those lunch break DotA 2 fixes you didn't know you had. 

You can find this game on Youtube.

What are your favorite games from the 2014 DotA 2 International? What have been your favorite moments? Leave your responses in the comments below.

Things that the DOTA 2 2014 International Winner Will Be Able to Buy https://www.gameskinny.com/2rp8m/things-that-the-dota-2-2014-international-winner-will-be-able-to-buy https://www.gameskinny.com/2rp8m/things-that-the-dota-2-2014-international-winner-will-be-able-to-buy Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:35:08 -0400 Amanda Wallace


The 2013 GDP of Japan 


OK, so they couldn't actually buy Japan. But according to the International Monetary Fund, the 2013 GDP of Japan was $4.9 million making it fairly comparable to the first place prize for the 2014 DotA 2 International. 


What would you buy with the proceeds from the DotA 2 International? 


2 Signed Original Manuscripts of the Declaration of Independence 


As recently as 1991, an original signed manuscript of the Declaration of Independence sold for $2.2 million. If the winners of the DotA 2 International are feeling particularly patriotic (unlikely considering that most of the contestants are not American) they could purchase two of these very unique and historical items. 




9 English Castles 


Valued at $510,000, this English castle is already a steal. But the winner for the DotA 2 International could be living in high style (with tennis courts) with 9 of these puppies. 


15 Bottles of Jeroboam of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, 1945


A bottle of this vintage sold in 2007 for roughly $310,000. With that in mind, the winner of the DotA 2 International could purchase 15 such bottles. At $8k a glass, that's certainly nothing to sneer at. 


24 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolets 


There may not be twenty-four members of the winning team, but if there were they would each be able to drive away from the DotA 2 International with a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, the high end of the Porsche 911 line. 


That's right, twenty four luxury cars. 


3200 Google Glasses


This highly coveted tech accessory has a base price of $1500, though you can't really put a price off looking like a nerd. The winner of the International could buy one for each of the team members and 3,295 of their closest friends. 


2,400,000 Loaves of Bread


The loaf of bread has long been used as a standard for measuring inflation (you can look up the price of a loaf of bread back in the 1950s and compare it to today if you're feeling masochistic). The average cost of a loaf of bread will vary depending on where you live, but the standard in the US is $2. 


With that in mind, the winner of the International could live the rest of their life just eating sliced bread. But there are better thigns to spend your money on. 


9.6 Million Dum Dums


Hopefully the winner of the International has a serious sweet tooth, because with the earnings from the DotA 2 Championship, they could buy over 9.6 million of the sugary pops. 


This year's DOTA 2 International Winner will be receiving a portion of the largest prize pool in eSports. The Prize Pool, which has reached a staggering $10.5 million will be split between the upper tiers of the competition with the winning team receiving around $4.8 million. 


Yes, that will be split among the five team members, and probably any managers or excess staff that they have. But what could they buy if they actually spent all that money on purchases? 

Where to Watch Dota 2 International 2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/amtkm/where-to-watch-dota-2-international-2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/amtkm/where-to-watch-dota-2-international-2014 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:10:27 -0400 Amanda Wallace

The Super Bowl of eSports is on, and you need to find out the best way to watch it. 

The DotA 2 International is the biggest prize pool in gaming, which has reached over $10 million. Some of the best teams in eSports will be competing for the top prize, from Alliance to Na'Vi, Evil Geniuses to Cloud 9. No matter who you are rooting for, you'll want to settle down and watch a few rounds of top-notch DotA play.

There are four great ways to watch and talk about the DotA 2 2014 International, from mobile applications to the DotA 2 client itself. 

DotA 2 Client Itself

The DotA 2 Client is probably the most obvious way to watch and interact with the 2014 International. Any player already has it downloaded, and with the interactions you can receive from the 2014 International Compendium (with fantastic prizes like a Mini-Pudge courier and weather effects) it is also one of the more attractive options. Client users will also have the chance to win spectator items through the client, which is great if you actually play DotA 2. 

To get the DotA 2 Client, simply download it for free from Steam. Click "Watch," and find the specific tournament. The 2014 International playoffs start 9 am PDT on July 7, 2014 and content should be available then. 

Accessing DotA 2 content through the client is also a good way to change the way you view. Through  the client you can play with a variety of camera settings and angles, focus on your favorite player or simply free roam. This style leads to a lot of playing around and options, and is an interesting route to go for fans of the games and teams. 

Twitch Streams

Probably one of the more popular methods of watching DotA 2 is through Twitch. Valve and Twitch have a wide variety of streams in at least four languages. In addition Valve will be offering a "Newcomer Channel," also known as the noob channel, for people who are interested in the game but maybe don't know all of the terms or anything about the teams. The Newcomer Channel is a great way for new people to get into the game without spending a lot of time playing or researching. If this map confuses you, try the Newcomer Channel: 

These are all of the Twitch channels for the DotA 2 2014 International: 


DotA 2 Website

Another route to watching the DotA 2 2014 International is through the official DotA 2 website. This has the benefit of having a great deal of information on hand and links to brackets. It is a bit less immersive and involved as some of the other options. 

Banter Mobile Application

If you have an Android or iOS device and want to hear live streams of the games, then one of your best options is a new mobile application called Banter. You will need a Guild Launch account to sign up, but once you have it hooked up you can listen to livestreams of major events (such as the DotA 2 2014 International) as well as chat with other listeners. 

Full disclosure, Banter is a GuildLaunch/GameSkinny product, but it is the best option for mobile users who want their own International fix. 

How are you watching the DotA 2 International?