Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve. The game is a sequel to Ancient Defense (DotA), which is a module created by Blizzard Entertainment for the “Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos” community. Dota 2 competes between two teams of five players, each team occupying and defending its own independent base on the map. Ten players independently control a powerful character, called a “hero”, with unique abilities and different game styles. In the game, players accumulate experience points and items for their heroes to successfully defeat the heroes of the opposing team in a player-to-player battle. One team first destroys the “ancient” of the other team, which is a large building located in their base, and wins.
The International Dota 2 Tournament, as one of the largest sporting events in the world, may not take place in Sweden as originally planned. “Over the past year, Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm have been in regular and ongoing contact with them to convince us that they deserve the same advertising they receive at other elite sporting events,” Valve said. blog entry. “Despite the previous support, I heard that two weeks ago the Swedish Sports Federation decided not to accept esports from the sports federation.
Valve also tried to reclassify The International as an “elite sporting event” with the Secretary of the Interior but was rejected. Therefore, “anyone (including players, talents, and staff) who tries to obtain a visa to go to Sweden to participate in TI10 will be rejected,” Valve said. As potential events in Sweden continue to change, Valve stated that it is exploring “possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe” to host international competitions, but believes it will still be able to host an event this year. We will have a solution that allows us to maintain TI10 in Europe this year, and we will be able to announce an updated plan shortly,” according to Valve. Despite uncertainty over where International will be held, qualifiers for the $ 40 million tournaments are set to begin on June 23rd. ‘
The development of Dota 2 began in 2009, when IceFrog, the chief designer of “Ancient Defense”, was employed by Valve to create a modern remake for them on the Source game engine. It was released on Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux through the Steam digital distribution platform in July 2013, after a Windows-only public beta phase began two years ago. The game is completely free, there are no heroes or any other in-game items that need to be purchased or unlocked. To keep it going, Valve supports games as a service, selling loot boxes and a battle pass subscription system called Dota Plus, which provides non-game-changing virtual goods, such as hero cosmetics and audio replacement packages in return. Since its launch, the game has also updated various other features, such as the port of the Source 2 engine and support for virtual reality.
Valve is investigating possible events in Sweden and is currently considering “possible alternatives in other parts of Europe” for international events, but said it will host events again this year. I think you can. “However, this year we have a solution to support TI10 in Europe, and we believe we can release an updated plan shortly,” Valve said. “Over the past year, Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm have communicated regularly and continuously to ensure that the International Dota 2 Championship meets the criteria for the same publication as other elite sporting events,” Valve said. “Despite the above assurances, two weeks ago we reported that the Swedish Sports Federation has decided not to accept sports from the Cybersport Federation.”