Whether or not you believe e-sports are real sports, Dota 2
is at least big enough for sports TV.
today publicized a deal that will bring streaming coverage of its MOBA's The International
tournament to ESPN. Well, ESPN3, which is sort of like ESPN in the same way Dota 2
is like a sport. We're kidding.
ESPN3 will broadcast matches live, and come Sunday, "viewers can tune in to ESPN2 for an exclusive preview of the tournament's final match, featuring highlights from the games, expert analysis, plus interviews with the players and Valve's Gabe Newell."
The International championships begin tomorrow in Seattle with a prize pool worth over $10 million. It turns out your mom was wrong: You can
get rich and famous playing video games.
[With thanks to tipster Mike