The MOBA (Massively Online Battle Arena) genre has absolutely exploded in the past year
, with several hugely successful titles released based on the gameplay of popular Warcraft 3
mod Defense of the Ancients
. The original DotA
mod remains one of today's most played competitive online games, and games based on it have begun to pull in millions of players
. The big players of the industry have definitely taken notice of this fledgling genre's success, with Valve even going so far as to acquire the DotA
brand and start work on a true sequel aimed for a 2011 release.
We heard last month that Dota 2
is due to be previewed in a competitive tournament at August's Gamescom 2011 in Germany. In a new announcement on the official Dota 2 blog
, Valve has now revealed the incredible details of this massive tournament. 16 of the world's top classic DotA
teams will clash in a bid to win a staggering $1,000,000 US top prize. Confirmed commentator Tobi has been referenced as saying
that the total prize pool is actually $1.6 million US, leaving a potential $600,000 for runner-up prizes. This tournament will be the first time Dota 2
is publicly shown, and every match will be streamed live across the internet in four languages. The five-day tournament will run between August 17th and August 21st.