Valve announces Free Spectator Client
posted by TobiWanKenobi, 305 days agoWith just over a week to go before The International starts, Valve have started to update more of the tournament page, releasing not only the prize pool, but also how you the viewer will be able to watch every action packed match.
One of the first things to mention is the announcement of the prize pool, which will be the same as last years competition with the first place prize being 1 million dollars, and a total prize pool of $1,600,000 US.
Also with the update we have some details confirmed about how the tournament will run. While the groups have not been confirmed yet, we will get to see the path the teams will have to take:
Prelims - will determine where teams are placed into the Winner and Loser brackets. The teams are split up into two groups of eight and each team plays the other teams in their group twice for a total of 112 games, 14 per team.
The top four teams in each group advance to the Winner Bracket. The bottom four are placed in the Loser Bracket. If tiebreaker games are necessary, they will be played after all other Prelim games are completed.
The Winner Bracket
All rounds of the Winner Bracket are played as Best of 3 games. The loser in each round is sent down to the Loser Bracket.
The Loser Bracket
Rounds 1 through 4 of the Loser Bracket are played as Best of 1 game. Teams that lose a round here are eliminated from the tournament. The last two rounds of the Loser Bracket are played as Best of 3 games.
The Championship Finals
The last remaining teams from the Winner and Loser Brackets will then face off in a full Best of 5 match to determine the champion of The International.
The last, but not least, announcement is how you will be able to view The International games, with Valve announcing a spectator version of the DOTA 2 client becoming available for all as well as having an embed video livestream on the DOTA2 home page.
Alot of the broadcasters for the tournament have already been leaked, but now your full list is available in the broadcasters tab with the inclusion of the host James '2GD' Harding and casters/panel members from 3 different languages.
Sources: DOTA2 Blog, The International Homepage