So Valve is introducing Defense of the Ancients 2, a sequel to a game modification of Blizzard’s Warcraft 3 that became quite popular, by holding a tournament with a one goddamn million dollar prize. You can watch the live stream here: http://www.dota2.com/tournaments/international/
Apparently people, mostly people who were superstar DotA players, have been playing behind closed doors as QA for a while. Now all those players have arranged themselves into teams and been pitted against each other. For, again, a million dollars which jesus what the hell. It’s an interesting way of advertising. The game isn’t out yet, but DotA has a huge following as is, and the ludicrous size of the prize will probably interest those who have no idea what DOTA 2 is like. Because of how hard to describe this genre is, getting people to watch is important from an advertising perspective, and having people watch a tournament will get the idea of this being a competitive game of merit into people’s heads.
This is Valve’s bid to grab a bit of the competitive pro-gaming pie, which oddly enough seems to exist. I guess the major player right now would be Blizzard, with Starcraft 2. I can only assume taking DotA is also a bit of Valve thumbing their noses at the distinguished competition. I’d give this a watch, even if you’ve got no clue what the fuck DOTA means. It’s a fun game, and it’s actually quite entertaining to watch played well.
Anyways! If you’re at all interested in the game, which is the progenitor of the all the recent MOBA games, you can try signing up for the beta!
Edit: Oh hm. The Beta sign-ups appear to be down for a bit? They may be full up.