Dota 2: The International's fourth year begins July 18

Dota 2: The International will return for its fourth year and will run from July 18-21 at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA.


Mark your calendars, because "The International," Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament, will run this year from July 18-21. Just as in previous years, the event will be held at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA, just ahead of PAX Prime.

According to Dota 2's official website, tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 4 at 3PM PDT. General admission will cost $99, while floor seats will run for $199 and a VIP package will cost $499 and include six days' worth of access (starting July 8), exclusive meet and greets, and an after party invitation.

Eleven teams will be invited to compete at this year's International tournament, with four other Regional Qualifier winners also earning invitations. The four runner-ups from each Qualifier will then compete for the final spot. These Qualifiers will run from May 12-25.

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