heyoka and I are here in Seattle to cover the Dota2 International 2012 tournament. Since we're press, we were able to get a short tour of the setup. Took some random photos; forgive the quality since I'm using a cheap camera.
Venue is pretty sick. They're using Seattle's Benaroya opera hall as the site. Place can seat roughly 2500. Valve is setting up shop outside of the main auditorium; teams have really well-made banners and there'll be a Secret Shop selling all sorts of items. There are shirts, inflatable toys (not as weird as it seems), and plushie couriers.
In the actual auditorium, teams have boxes to sit in. Being an opera hall, the whole thing looks majestic. Valve is backstage with a million computers. There are people photoshopping things, tinkering with multiple streams at once, and watching dubstep cats on Youtube. And as if that weren't enough, there's a gigantic trailer outside with a million screens.
Tomorrow the games will begin, and the venue will be filled up. Spectators will be happy, as Valve is giving everybody with a pass a cool grab bag; inside are trading cards, a code for a courier skin, a Nalgene bottle, and a (surprisingly) well-made Dota2 quilt.
Grabbed a few interviews with Luminous/LD, Ayesee, Draskyl, and SingSing/1437. Will nab people tomorrow. Need to work on Chinese DotA terms.
Not much else to say on this. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Fionn United States. August 31 2012 14:49. Posts 17232
Those banners are so freaking sexy. This is the sort of thing more event organizers should look into, it's comparatively not that expensive, and adds an awesome touch to the event, especially if they move them when a team wins, or have some way to signify the reigning champion with them.
Also flamewheel, I heard a shitton about your mafia playing at raleigh.
GMarshal United States. August 31 2012 15:08. Posts 20904
Heard China (ZHONG GUOARRRRR?) has been dominating recently haha. gogogo. The venue does indeed look pretty dang slick.
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konadora Singapore. August 31 2012 15:46. Posts 44864
Sweet pics. I've been following TI2 coverage for a while now and it just seems like the perfect tournament for the viewers and especially the teams/players. Valve is setting a ridiculous standard on how tournaments should be run and how players should be accommodated. I think it was Puppey who said that the International ruined every other tournament for him.
That said, I'm definitely considering going next year. Maybe make a road trip out of it from San Diego.
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Solinren United States. August 31 2012 17:49. Posts 2640
Theres still no Euro Valve store announced is there? Bummed out that every time I want to order something from Valve I have to pay 30 euro just to ship it to Europe (excluding additional Import/Duty Fees)
With all those goodies coming, you'd hope they could announce something like that soon no?
fingers crossed... :x
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Kipsate Netherlands. August 31 2012 18:19. Posts 19039