When it comes to the biggest Esports event, there is only the one name that comes to mind – The International, which is Dota 2’s annual world championship tournament. Hosted by the Valve Corporation, this is the single largest Esports tournament of the world, and this year, it’s going to be organizing its ninth iteration.
Ever since The International 2014, the tournament has always been held in the Key Arena in Seattle. However, due to ongoing renovations, The International 2018 was moved to the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. This time around, Valve is taking its tournament to the other corner of the world.
The International 2019
Venue:Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China
Group Stage:August 15th - August 18th, 2019
Main Event:August 20th - August 25th, 2019
The Group Stage is going to kick off from August 15-August 18, 2019, after which the tournament will shift over to the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The Main Event will start from August 20 and go on till August 25, which is the day of the final.
Valve is going to be hosting its The International 2019 tournament on two different platforms. From live streaming channels on Twitch.tv, to watching the matches live in the in-game client, there is something for everyone. However, with each of these streaming choices, there are some pros and cons.
Watch The International 2019 In-Game
With the Dota 2 client, players have the option to make predictions about the game. These predictions, if correct, allow the player to earn certain rewards through the Dota 2 Battle Pass. However, if you are watching the games live through the in-game client, you will be granted access to only the matches, and nothing else. This means that you will be missing out on everything else that is happening in the tournament apart from the matches, including player reactions, special matches, contests, etc.
Watch The International 2019 on Twitch
So, if you are interested in the complete The International 2019 experience, then we would suggest you look into Twitch. With it, not only are you getting the full experience plus live commentary, but also you can communicate and socialize with other Dota 2 fans. This makes Twitch the go-to choice for watching The International 2019.
However, when it comes to watching the matches on Twitch, the issue that arises is linked to regional limitations. This is because Twitch is not available in some countries.
Breakdown of The International 2019 Streaming Options
Here is a summary of the different streaming platforms available for watching The International 2019 live and online.
|Dota 2 Client||Predictions/Reward||Incomplete Experience|
|Twitch||Complete Experience||Regional Limitations|
In conclusion, Twitch is the better option for watching the tournament live. However, with these limitations in place, you might have no other option than to watch in in the in-game client.
If you are a Dota 2 fan and plan on watching the upcoming The International 2019, you won’t be able to do so due to Twitch’s regional limitations. By following these simple steps though, you can watch your favorite Dota 2 matches from anywhere.
With the regional qualifiers for The International 2019 now concluded, all 18 teams have been confirmed. The first 12 of these teams are the ones that have been invited to play in The International 2019, while the other remaining six teams qualified for the event from their respective regions. For more information, check out the complete list down below:
Initially, the prize pool for The International 2019 was set at $1.6 million. However, like previous years, Valve releases a Battle Pass for the tournament upon which every $1 spent, 25% goes to the prize pool. And well, with the 2019 Battle Pass already out, the prize pool for The International 2019 has already passed the record set by last year’s The International. The prize for The International 2019 currently sits at $29 million – the highest in Esports history.