The DOTA 2 International 2017 is set to kick off in Seattle in August 2017 – and with a prize pool of over $20,000,000 which is still expected to rise, it is the most eagerly anticipated DOTA 2 tournament of the year. But does this mean that eSports is finally moving into the mainstream, and that DOTA 2 can be classed alongside the other big hitters such as League of Legends and FIFA?
DOTA 2 is a MOBA that features players taking on personas in the fantasy world. The characters players are assigned are random, and can be picked from a roster of around 100 different heroes. The differing special abilities each hero possesses allow the game to remain fresh and call on players’ to use strategic thinking in order to win the game – and make it to the championship leagues.
DOTA 2 draws a lot of comparisons to League of Legends, whose revenue rivals that of professional sports. Plus, Valve, the company behind DOTA 2 are making the game more accessible to lesser eSports teams by offering them a chance to qualify for the yearly International, starting in 2018.
One of the biggest draws for DOTA 2 is the ability to bet on it – and the varied ways in which one can do so. Master Mazuma feature an article on betting explained, which discusses the complexities of how to actually bet on DOTA 2 and other eSports. Players can choose to bet on the outcome of games, the tenure of players, and the development of the league, which differs from what is available to be wagered on for physical sports. ESports betting offers a new way for fans to interact with the eSport, much like they would with other sports.
DOTA 2 hooks in the fans not just for the ability to join in the gameplay, but also through the related content that is available to those just wanting to be spectators. You don’t have to be an avid player to get in on the prize pool action – and with the prize pool growing as those who play do; DOTA 2 is one of the most engrossing MOBA games out there currently.
Fans choosing to bet on DOTA 2 can do so in three ways: using real money, using money in the game, and using in-game content and items. The latter two options can give players a taste of the game and a taste of how the betting goes (especially if they are new to eSports). Those who want to wager for real money can do so, and given their knowledge of the game and ability to choose the winner, can have a stab at the huge prize pool.
One of the most exciting aspects of DOTA 2 as an eSport is the chance to get involved – in a way that’s similar to physical sports. Circumstances in the game can cause established players to have curveballs thrown their way – just like in physical sport where established strong players can have weak games. This challenge and unpredictability add to the excitement of those playing and those spectating.
DOTA 2 offers an exciting prospect – with the fantastical elements rivalling League of Legends, and the betting system matching esports such as FIFA – and with the prize pool for the International 2017 partly taken from those playing the game, it’s no wonder that DOTA 2 is on the rise.