Dota 2 International Championships will be broadcast on ESPN networks

The Dota 2 International Championships are hitting The Worldwide Leader of (e)Sports

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When you think of sports, you think of ESPN, with their round-the-clock coverage of all things athletic across several cable networks. But now ESPN is about to become the Worldwide Leader of eSports, because Valve announced that this year's Dota 2 International Championships will be available online on ESPN3. On top of that, the finals will get a cushy prime-time preview on ESPN2 this Sunday at 11:30PM EDT.

Sunday will feature an exclusive preview of the Dota 2 finals, along with highlights and expert analysis. The latter will probably come from Dota 2 insiders, though the idea of Bill Simmons breaking down the finer points of Dota sounds perversely entertaining. The Sunday broadcast will also feature interviews with players, as well as Valve's Gabe Newell.

If you're currently unplugged, you can also catch the Dota 2 finals on the WatchESPN app, available on iOS and Android.

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    July 17, 2014 12:25 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Dota 2 International Championships will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

    The Dota 2 International Championships are hitting The Worldwide Leader of (e)Sports

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      July 17, 2014 12:26 PM

      ESPN should do chess coverage too.

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      July 17, 2014 12:30 PM

      Hah, that's crazy.

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      July 17, 2014 12:31 PM

      if they're gonna show a spelling bee or hot dog eating contest, why not this?

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      July 17, 2014 12:36 PM

      HOLLLLLLLLLY SHIT

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      July 17, 2014 12:37 PM

      $40 million can buy a lot of air time.

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      July 17, 2014 12:37 PM

      The Ocho?

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      July 17, 2014 12:37 PM

      wow it finally happened

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      July 17, 2014 12:38 PM

      Wow... That's pretty amazing. I hope it remains forever on Internet streaming as well, though.

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        July 17, 2014 12:39 PM

        I have faith that valve knows how to treat their customers.

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      July 17, 2014 12:38 PM

      This sentence "On top of that, the finals will get a cushy prime-time slot on ESPN2 this Sunday at 11:30PM EDT." doesn't make any sense to me 'cause the finals are on Monday.

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        July 17, 2014 12:41 PM

        "In addition, an exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific" - it's a preview of the finals on Monday on ESPN2 only. Still cool.

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      July 17, 2014 12:39 PM

      Holy craps!

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      July 17, 2014 12:39 PM

      buuutttttt who will be broadcasting? the array of DOTA 2 folks have some good, some dreadful

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      July 17, 2014 12:47 PM

      itshappening.gif

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      July 17, 2014 12:50 PM

      damn!!!

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      July 17, 2014 1:00 PM

      Yes, I'll be able to watch the final live! :D :D :D

      I wonder who's going to be casting it since they're not going to be able to swear or maybe they'll use bleeps over top of it?

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        July 17, 2014 1:40 PM

        This article is complete shit. It's like they didn't even read the first paragraph of the press release. Finals are not being broadcast. Everything broadcast is only on ESPN3. There is a Sunday night PRE-SHOW on ESPN2

        http://store.steampowered.com/news/13929/

        July 17, 2014 - Valve today announced that coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships will be presented in collaboration with ESPN on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3. In addition, an exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific. Live access to ESPN2 is also available on digital platforms via WatchESPN.

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          July 17, 2014 1:46 PM

          Ya, that's not nearly as cool, but it'll still be on ESPN3, which is awesome.

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      July 17, 2014 1:26 PM

      Wow. Wonder if Vegas and Reno will have it playing in the sports bars? Gamers have come a long way.

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      July 17, 2014 1:38 PM

      FINALS are on MONDAY they're only showing a PRE-SHOW on ESPN TWO on Sunday Night. Everything else will be broadcast on ESPN3 for the whole tournament (which is their online platform)

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        July 17, 2014 1:40 PM

        Haha why are finals on a Monday?

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          July 17, 2014 1:40 PM

          Key Arena scheduling conflict. I'm sure they'll be able to fix that next year if they get their shit together earlier.

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            July 17, 2014 1:46 PM

            Hopefully they do. They should start planning it immediately after this one finishes.

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        July 17, 2014 2:07 PM

        Alrighty. Edits posted.

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      July 17, 2014 1:41 PM

      Can I get items from watching on espn?

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      July 17, 2014 1:47 PM

      and it's not LoL!! DOTA 4 lyfe!!

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        July 17, 2014 1:55 PM

        If this does well I'm sure they'll look into getting into other games like the bigger lol

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          July 17, 2014 5:47 PM

          lol certainly has a lot more players but the prize pool for TI4 is out of this world which is the reason its getting so much notice.

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          July 17, 2014 6:01 PM

          Yeah but lol isn't as fun to watch. And looks like horse.

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            July 17, 2014 6:26 PM

            Oh cool it's this thread.

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              July 17, 2014 6:51 PM

              yes this thread is full of facts. you just have to deal with it.

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                July 17, 2014 6:59 PM

                Oh cool it's the opinions are facts thread too. Two-fer bonus.

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      July 17, 2014 1:53 PM

      HOLY SHIT...

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      July 17, 2014 2:39 PM

      Schedule here;

      http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index#type/upcoming/startDate/20140718/

      http://espn.go.com/espntv/onair/index?start=7-19-14-12:00-PM

      7/18 12:00 PM EDT The International Dota 2 Championship Main Event: Upper Bracket
      7/19 12:00 PM EDT The International Dota 2 Championship Main Event: Lower Bracket
      7/20 12:00 PM EDT The International Dota 2 Championship Main Event: Lower Bracket
      7/21 12:00 PM EDT The International Dota 2 Championship Main Event: Grand Finals

      ESPN 3.


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      July 17, 2014 3:56 PM

      So freaking cool.

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      July 17, 2014 4:03 PM

      " the finals will get a cushy prime-time preview on ESPN2 this Sunday at 11:30PM EDT."

      A definition of 'prime-time' I wasn't previously aware of.

      Still cool though. Hopefully I'll get to catch some of this. Only just now started getting into MOBA with Heroes of the Storm.

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      July 17, 2014 4:38 PM

      D I G I T A L S P O R T S

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      July 17, 2014 6:42 PM

      lol

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      July 17, 2014 6:44 PM

      ESPN used to show Magic tournaments, so this is not that big a deal nor some stepping stone to *legitimacy*

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      July 17, 2014 7:00 PM

      Wow, this is surprising to me.