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ESPN to Offer Live Television Coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships

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  • ESPN to Offer Live Television Coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships

    Just announced, ESPN will offer live coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships for the tournament's main event. Specifically, it will be ESPN3 that will carry coverage of The International 4. The final match will have an exclusive preview courtesy of ESPN2.
    Valve today announced that coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships will be presented in collaboration with ESPN on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3. In addition, an exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific. Live access to ESPN2 is also available on digital platforms via WatchESPN.

    This year's International, happening at a sold out KeyArena in Seattle, WA this Friday thru Monday (July 18-22), features a record-breaking prize pool of over $10 mil - the largest ever for a competitive gaming tournament. And for the first time, viewers can watch all the matches, interviews, and analysis happening over the course of the four-day event on ESPN3, accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

    On 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.

    Valve is, understandably, quite happy with the news.
    "From the success of the Compendium to the collaboration with ESPN, this year's International really demonstrates how much competitive gaming has grown to rival traditional sports," said Erik Johnson of Valve. "We believe the teams have also pushed to a new level of play this year and will further demonstrate the incredible advances made across this tournament since it first began three short years ago."

    If you're unable to watch any of The International 4 on ESPN3, you can still catch it from the online live streams or by firing up your Dota 2 client and watching it there.

    The Main Event kicks off this Friday, July 18 at 9AM (PT).