Dota 2‘s world championship, The International, kicks off in two weeks in Seattle and Valve will be offering a “Newcomer’s Broadcast” stream to explain the game to those who may not understand it, but understand that a $10 million prize pool means the tournament is a pretty big deal.
The Newcomer’s Broadcast will be in English and will explain the strategy and terminology of Dota 2, including concepts like BKBs, tri-lanes, and counter-picks. Other streams will include a “Spoiler-Free DVR Broadcast,” which allows viewers to watch at their own pace, with pause and rewind features, with only the results from the previous day’s matches displayed – “so you won’t have to worry about having a game spoiled for you.”
There also will be “The International Multicast,” which is “a fifth live stream consolidating all the interesting games, unexpected picks, big team fights, catastrophic misses and clutch plays into one package, complete with commentary and desk analysis.”
The International commences July 18 at Key Arena in Seattle. Sales of The Compendium, a kind of online program for the event, have helped push the prize pool beyond $10 million. Four winners from the qualifying rounds will join the winner of a four-team play-in round, and 15 other invited teams — including 2013 champions Alliance — to fill out the 16-team field for the event.