Dota 2's The International Tournament Breaks Viewership Records for Valve and ESPN


It's not exactly surprising news, but Valve's big Dota 2 tournament, The International, was a smashing success for everyone involved. The competition, which featured a prize pool of almost $11 million (the largest in esports history by far), attracted over 20 million unique online viewers.

Valve Considering an International for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Dota 2's The International is, by a wide margin, the most lucrative esports tournament of all time. So far, the community has contributed over $10 million to the prize payout, with over $4 million going to first place alone. It's undoubtedly a huge success for Valve, who developed the game and also manage the competition, so it's no surprise that they're considering how to branch out.

How to Play Team Fortress 2's Robot Destruction Mode


Valve is letting players beta test their new game mode, Robot Destruction, on a new map called Asteroid. The mode has players scoring points by destroying NPC robots, while also attempting to steal points from the enemy team. It's probably one of the most complicated game modes right now, so don't worry if you popped in and have no idea what's going on. Here's a quick guide on how to get started with Robot Destruction.

Steam and the Summer Sale Fatigue


For those who have somehow been living under a rock, the Steam Summer Sale is currently in full swing. Along with steep discounts on games, there's also a meta game of sorts going on alongside, most of which we've already gone into detail on. Already five days in, though, and I have yet to buy a single a game or even really participate in the Summer Adventure. So I have to ask myself, why?

Steam Summer Sale Survival Guide: How to Get the Best Deals and the Most Trading Cards


The Steam Summer Sale is upon us, and for those of us with credit cards and compulsive shopping habits, it's a bad time for our bank accounts. On the other hand, it's a great time for picking up those games you've been waiting to buy. With literally hundreds of games on sale and a rotating selection of discounts though, it's hard to know when you're getting the best deal. Luckily, there are a few tricks to getting through this madness with your sanity intact.

The Steam Summer Sale Has Begun, Time for a Second Mortgage


The Steam Summer Sale is upon us, open thy wallets and weep. This year's theme is a "Summer Adventure," with players randomly grouped into five color-coded teams, competing for prizes and glory.

Valve Debuts a 15-minute Team Fortress 2 Short Film Ahead of a New Update


Valve has unveiled a brand new Team Fortress 2 update titled "Love & War," and they've got a 15-minute (15-minutes!) short film to accompany the first round of announcements. The short is titled "Expiration Date," and it finally explains what all of that bread business was about. It also featured the animated debut of Miss Pauling, who's exactly as awesome as you would expect.

The Super Circuitcast! 05/29/14! Is Steam In-Home Streaming Something We Want? [Podcast]


Valve's Steam In-Home Streaming is out of beta, but is it something you want in your life? Matt, Rami, Ryan, and Moo discuss the benefits of the new service and whether or not it's something Valve's customers are going to want or not.

Ex-Valve Employee Says Half-Life 3 is Being Worked On, Here We Go Again


I'm sorry folks, I am morally obligated to report on any news even vaguely concerning Half-Life 3. If it makes you feel any better, this time the news at least comes from a reputable source, and it somehow ropes in Left 4 Dead 3 as well.

Dota 2: International Tournament Prize Pool Caps $6 Million


The International is the biggest professional Dota 2 event of the year, and thanks to sales of The Compendium, the prize pool just exceeded a mind-bending $6 million. Just four days ago, the total was at $5 million, and already the largest payout in eSports history.

More Games Have Been Already Released on Steam This Year than in All of 2013


We're less than six months into 2014, but according to a new report, more games have been released on Steam already this year than in all of 2013. In other news, PC gaming is definitely dying.

Dota 2's The International Breaks $4 Million in Prizes From Sales of the Compendium


Dota 2 is breaking eSports records, again. Last year, Valve sold an in-game item called The Compendium, an interactive guide to the game's world championship that doubled as a way to collect even more in-game items (people love their items). The kicker was though that proceeds from Compendium sales contributed to the overall prize pool for The International, with last year's total exceeding $2.8 million in payouts. This year, the Dota 2 community has decided that last year's grand prize was chump change, and sales of the new Compendium have pushed the tournament's cash prize to over $4 million. Hot damn.

Dota 2: Valve Announces First 11 Qualifying Teams for The International


Valve has announced 11 of the teams that will compete in the third annual Dota 2 world championships: The International. The teams in this initial group have already qualified for the event, and include three prior champions:

The Super Circuitcast! 04/10/14! The International 2014 Sells Out in an Hour! What does this mean for Esports? [Podcast]


In the past week, Valve sold out of their premiere DotA 2 event, The International. In one hour. Matt, Moo, and Rami discuss the exciting news and what it means for Esports.

Fan-Made Half-Life 3 Trailer is So Good It's Painful


Using Source Filmmaker, these animators gave us what Valve couldn't... a tiny taste of what Half-Life 3 could look like. It's not real of course, just like the tears streaming down my face. Those are raindrop allergies from cutting onions.


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