The International 5 surpasses 15 million dollars, all stretch goals attained

After 2 months since it was announced, TI5 has reached it's final stretch goal: the Axe Immortal with the accompanying comic. It's by far and large the biggest prize pool for any eSports event, and even eclipses prizes for sporting events. With the constant growth of Dota 2 every year, it's fascinating to see how it compares to major sports tournament, and how much farther it can go.

Swedish giant MTG buys majority share of ESL for €78 million

It was announced today that Turtle Entertainment the company behind the well known ESL brand has sold 74% of itself to Swedish digital entertainment group Modern Times Group. The agreed fee was somewhere around €78 million. Given the rapid growth of both ESL and eSports, it was only a matter of time before a 'mainstream' corporation invested in them. Today MTG released a statement, on the subject of their acquisition of ESL.

Arteezy vs EternalEnvy: How well do you know your EE from your RTZ?

Both Artour 'Arteezy' Babaev and Jacky 'EternaLEnVy' Mao are infamous for being rather outspoken, and given their friendship and history together we've decided to put your memory and knowledge of the two players to the test in a Face-Off quiz. All you need to do is match the quote to the right player. Time to find out how well you know your EE from your RTZ.

*UPDATE* Juggernaut beats Invoker in Arcana Showdown to reach final four

The Arcana Showdown quietly passed into the next stage with now only eight heroes left with a chance of being rewarded with an Arcana set. Earthshaker the only support left in the final 16 failed to make it to the final eight losing out to Invoker, and thankfully Axe also did not make it through the last stage given we were already promised a set for him via the TI5 stretch goals. Join our poll inside to find out which heroes...

Reigning champions Secret drop out of Dotapit after scheduling debacle

In an announcement on Team Secret's Facebook and Twitter yesterday, the organisation has officially announced their withdrawal from Dota Pit League Season 3. This comes following troubles with the scheduling of matches in the league, but it is hard to know how much blame is to be put upon either the team or the Dota Pit League itself. Team Secret are now choosing to focus on The International, which starts in just under a...

British host and commentator ReDeYe appointed as TI5 host

Hosting veteran Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner has announced that he will be hosting this year's International at Valve's invitation. After a positive reception at ESL One Frankfurt last year, the announcement should come as good news for many fans and viewers. James '2GD' Harding mentioned at the last TI that he would not be keen on hosting this year, and it could be ReDeYe fills his slot on the panel as the main host.

GIGABYTE Challenge joins the dark side as Team Moriarty triumphs

In a rather obscure GIGABYTE Challenge which fell just before TI5 and amidst several tier 2 teams deciding to call it quits, it was the open qualifier teams who made it through the playoffs. Of the eight invited teams, only one made it to the semi-finals with London Conspiracy, ScaryFacez and Sqreens Squad all early casualties. Team Moriarty were the winners, just proving how the competition can pave the way for new teams.

LD's poignant blog post breaks silence, calls for compassion

After yesterday's flurry of TI5 invite announcements, David 'LD' Gorman shared his thoughts in a blog post on LiquidDota. Throughtout, LD contrasts his past experiences to the major changes Valve implemented at TI4, while highlighting the impact of Valve's current protocols. The post emphasizes the difficult and stressful situation many casters and individuals are put in, and beckons the community to support and back the...