Video games, eSports, Valve, and Dota 2 are just about to go big time. Valve just released some big news today, in that the International Dota 2 Championships will be televised on none other than ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports. The International Dota 2 Championships will be televised on ESPN 3 with a finals preview airing on ESPN 2, and all of the content being available on the WatchESPN App.
The Dota 2 International Championships will kick off tomorrow, July 18, at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The Championships will run through July 22 and there is over $10 million in prizes set to be awarded.
Every bit of the action, including interviews, matches, and commentary will be televised on ESPN 3.
The preview show for the International Dota 2 championships will air on ESPN 2 with Gabe Newell hosting. The show will kick off at 11:30 pm EST.
While Dota 2 may not be your cup of tea, this is huge news for gaming and eSports as a whole. With the championships getting airtime on a major network, the launch pad for future success is in place. Should the event draw strong ratings and viewership, this could be the start of something so much greater.
With G4 having gone by the wayside, gamers are relgated to Spike TV during E3 as the only mainstream gaming coverage on television. With sports games like Madden and NBA 2K having strong followings, the possibilities for an even further merge of the two categories could be expected.
Tune in next week and see what Dota 2 is all about, this may not be the last time we see video games and ESPN making a splash.