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Steam's most-played games of 2016 weren't released in 2016

Atop Steam's daily most-played list sits an unimpeachable handful of games. There are newcomers on occasion and that temporarily shakes things up. But, if you go back day after day and year after year, the same popular games never fall out ...   read

 
 
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Dota 2's 7.00 patch fundamentally changes the game

I'm uhh, not even sure where to begin here. Fresh off of the Boston Major, Valve has just released the update page for Dota 2's newest patch: 7.00. The community has anxiously been awaiting the patch just for the brand new Hero of Monk...   read

 
 
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Oh boy, Will Ferrell will star as a pro gamer in eSports movie

Ever see Talladega Nights and think "I'd love to see a version of this with major league gaming?" Someone did. ESPN reports that Will Ferrell will take on the role as a professional gamer in the not yet named esports film produced by L...   read

 
 
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Valve will soon require that only screenshots be shown in the Steam store

Valve has put out some new guidelines for the upcoming "Discovery 2.0" update to the Steam store and misleading screenshots will no longer be allowed. The guidelines specify that all screenshots must be from actual gameplay. Valve won't be ...   read

 
 
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Why a single Dota 2 match was more exciting than the Super Bowl

Yesterday, one of the more intense eSports matches of all time happened during Dota 2's International tournament. Over $20 million is up for grabs, but not in this particular match. We aren't even at the grand finals yet, but I highly ...   read

 
 
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Olympics got you bummed out? Watch The International instead!

Regardless of you interest in sports, you've no doubt heard plenty of awful news surrounding this year's summer Olympics. It's not anything new, really, since plenty of dilapidated and/or corrupt cities have held the Olympics, distracting v...   read

 
 
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Dota 2 Manila Major

The Dota 2 Manila Major is officially underway

Hey there my fellow Dota 2 fans, it's been too long! I've fallen out of the scene in the past couple of months, but with the recent release of the Battle Pass, which included the upcoming Compendium for the next International, I've bee...   read

 
 
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YouPorn ban

YouPorn eSports team banned by league

YouPorn, which my colleagues tell me is a supplier of online "adult" entertainment, sponsors an eSports team, Team YP. It has since 2014, back when I wrote, "More like spornsporning an eSporn team." Hah, nice. Unfortunately, this relationsh...   read

 
 
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Dota 2's new spectator mode will be a VR experience

Valve just put out a new trailer for all of the upcoming Steam experiences on its "Steam VR" landing page, and it involves Dota 2 in some capacity. The video initially pans in on the virtual screen showing the action in front of the pl...   read

 
 
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Does Dota 2's first paid custom game use stolen art?

Recently, Valve introduced paid-for passes for custom games in Dota 2, where for $1 players are given extra content or features to some of the most popular custom game-modes on official Valve servers. It’s very similar to Valve&r...   read

 
 


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Valve is rolling out paid passes for Dota 2 custom games

Valve famously "didn't understand exactly what [it] was doing" when it tried letting people charge money for their The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mods on Steam. There was enough of a backlash that those plans quickly fell through, and refunds...   read

 
 
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Gaben drops the hammer

Gabe Newell fires Dota 2 host and production company during live tournament

Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve and patron saint of Steam, has taken to reddit to address the Dota 2 subreddit's complaints about the Shanghai Major tournament currently taking place in China. "Two things: 1) James. We've had issues with ...   read

 
 
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Meet Evil Geniuses

Radio Shack lives, lets you fight Dota champions and win free gear

After reading both Jon Bois' excellent adioS: The end of RadioShack, through the eyes of a store manager and A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire, you'll forgive me for forgetting that Radio Shack still sha...   read

 
 
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Here are the winners of Valve's 2015 Saxxy awards

Valve used to make really god damn cool videos for its games. Alongside the now legendary Team Fortress 2 Meet the… videos, it also produced some rad videos for Left 4 Dead and Portal 2. The last one I can find is for ...   read

 
 
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Now Rick and Morty can nar-*belch*-rate your Dota 2 matches

The announcer packs for Dota 2 are easily some of the best purchases available within the free-to-play game. Personally, I go back and forth between the Stanley Parable and Bastion announcers. Not only are they high quality,...   read

 
 
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Valve isn't planning an International-style event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Here’s something I never even thought of until today: Dota 2 is a huge eSport. The International is one of the biggest annual events in gaming, and this year had a prize pool of over $18 million. It’s by far the most played game...   read

 
 
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ESPN has a genuinely positive discussion about The International

Last week saw Dota 2’s annual championship The International take place in Seattle, with a huge $18 million being up for grabs in prize money. It is by far one of the biggest events in eSports, and recent years have seen the game be ...   read

 
 
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Dota 2 championship

The International 5 concludes and a new Dota 2 champ is crowned

After six games of some of the best Dota play, Evil Geniuses has earned the title of best Dota 2 team in the world. Along with the title, the American team took home a payout of $6,616,014. The team, with an age ranging from 16 to 27 y...   read

 
 
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Dota 2 tournament

Dota 2's The International 5 finals are tomorrow, here's what you need to know

The International 5 is coming to a close tomorrow. The three remaining teams in the Dota 2 world championships are each guaranteed at least $2 million dollars.   read

 
 
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Valve announces 24-player Dota matches, and it's as crazy as it sounds

The was major buzz surrounding this year's all star match at The International 5. Aside from pitting the best Dota players in the world against each other, there has been a history of major announcements at the match. Last year, Techies wer...   read

 
 
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Dota 2's The International 5 is halfway through, here's who is in the running

After three full days of Dota 2 matches, The International 5 -- the highest-paying eSports event ever -- is fifty percent completed. With $18 million dollars on the line, eight teams of five are still in contention for the title of "best Do...   read

 
 
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The International

The International 5, the largest eSports event ever, begins Monday

The International 5, Dota 2's largest tournament of all time, kicks off this Monday with two matches. With a prize pool of $17.8 million dollars on the line, TI5 will no doubt offer the highest level of eSports entertainment. With all the m...   read

 
 
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Dota 2 wildcard matches

Dota 2 wildcard matches are now underway

The wildcard matches for the biggest eSports tournament of the year have officially begun! Dota 2's International 2015 tournament has already raised over $17 million, and four teams are about to fight for their shot at the prize pool. The t...   read

 
 
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The International

Dota 2 launches The International 5 website

As announced on the Dota 2 blog, the official website for The International 5 has launched. TI5's website showcases prize pool breakdowns, the teams that will be competing, replays, and a link to the web store. According to t...   read

 
 
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DreamHack is coming stateside

The "world's largest LAN party" is coming stateside. DreamHack, founded in 1992, was established as a festival for online gaming fans to gather with their own computers. But since then it has also become a powerhouse in the eSports world. T...   read

 
 



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