The International in Shanghai, August 20-25

Posted on: Apr 29, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

Video game developer Valve has shared information regarding the main tournament of the season in the discipline Dota 2 – The International 2019. The main event of the championship will be held from August 20 to August 25, with the group stages expected to be played the week before.

This will be the ninth edition of the annual competition. The tradition famously started in August 2011 in Cologne, Germany, with the first tournament netting the winners USD 1,000,000. Over the years the prize pool has increased substantially, fueled by Valve’s introduction of crowdfunding options through its in-game Battle Pass.

There is no information yet about this year’s Battle Pass, nor when ticket sales start. What is known is that four teams (Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Vici Gaming, and Evil Geniuses) have already qualified, with eight more spots for direct qualification through the Dota Pro Circuit still available.

The final Dota Pro Circuit event is the USD 1,000,000 EPICENTER Major at the end of June. Regional qualifiers are expected to follow after that to determine the last six participants in The International’s 18-team field.

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