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Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.
It is the developer of the software distribution platform Steam and the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Dota 2 games.

Dota Pro Circuit

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Valve also manages an event format known as the Dota Pro Circuit, which are a series of tournaments held prior to Internationals that award qualification points based on results for getting directly invited to them.
The Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) is a professional tournament format system of Dota 2, a competitive five-on-five video game.

Artifact (video game)

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A digital collectible card game featuring the characters and setting of Dota 2, called Artifact, was released in November 2018.
The game focuses on online player versus player battles across three boards, called lanes, and is based upon the universe of Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena game also from Valve.

Battle pass

As the game is fully free-to-play with no heroes needing to be bought or otherwise unlocked, revenue is made from microtransactions, such as loot boxes, and a battle pass subscription system called Dota Plus, which all offer non-gameplay altering virtual goods in return, such as cosmetic hero armor and weapon replacements.
Inspired by the season pass ticketing system and originating with Dota 2 in 2013, the battle pass model gained more use as an alternative to subscription fees and loot boxes beginning in the late 2010s.

Multiplayer online battle arena

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Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.
It was followed by the two spiritual successors, League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, and eventually a sequel, Dota 2, as well as numerous other games in the genre such as Heroes of the Storm and Smite.

Defense of the Ancients

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The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
American video game developer Valve Corporation acquired the intellectual property rights to DotA in 2009 to develop a franchise, beginning with the stand-alone sequel, Dota 2, released in July 2013.

OpenAI Five

The game has also been used in machine learning experiments, with a team of bots known as the OpenAI Five showing the ability to compete against, and sometimes defeat, professional players.
OpenAI Five is the name of a machine learning project and system that performs as a team of bots playing against human players in the competitive five-on-five video game, Dota 2.

Esports

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Premium tournaments of the game often have prize pools totaling millions of U.S. dollars, the highest of any esport.
Popular games for esports include MOBA titles League of Legends and Dota 2, FPS titles Counter-Strike and Call of Duty, tactical shooters CrossFire and Rainbow Six Siege, hero shooter Overwatch, fighting game Street Fighter, beat 'em up Dungeon Fighter Online, digital collectible card game Hearthstone, battle royale games PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale, and RTS title StarCraft.

Source (game engine)

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Development of Dota 2 began in 2009 when IceFrog, lead designer of the original Defense of the Ancients mod, was hired by Valve to create a modernized remake for them in the Source game engine.
The successor, Source 2, was officially announced in March 2015, with the first game to use it being Dota 2, which was ported over from Source later that year.

Mod (video gaming)

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The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
A similar case is that of Valve Corporation, when they hired Defense of the Ancients lead designer IceFrog in developing Dota 2.

Nolan North

Notable voice actors for heroes include Nolan North, Dave Fennoy, Jon St. John, Ellen McLain, Fred Tatasciore, Merle Dandridge, Jen Taylor, and John Patrick Lowrie.
His voice work includes characters such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed series, Ghost from Bungie's titles Destiny and Destiny 2, the Penguin in the Batman: Arkham franchise, Palawa Joko from Guild Wars 2, Meepo the Geomancer in Dota 2, David in The Last of Us, Cpt.

Video game live streaming

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Broadcasts of professional Dota 2 matches are streamed live over the internet, and sometimes simulcast on television networks, with peak viewership numbers in the millions.
Popular titles in the mid-2010s include League of Legends, Dota 2, first-person shooters such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and card games such as Hearthstone.

Steam (software)

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It was officially released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux-based personal computers via the digital distribution platform Steam in July 2013, following a Windows-only public beta phase that began two years prior.
Dota 2 became Valve's third published title available for the Steam Workshop in June 2012; its features include customizable accessories, character skins, and announcer packs.

Linux

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It was officially released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux-based personal computers via the digital distribution platform Steam in July 2013, following a Windows-only public beta phase that began two years prior.
Commonly, either a free software application will exist which does the functions of an application found on another operating system, or that application will have a version that works on Linux, such as with Skype and some video games like Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2.

John Patrick Lowrie

Notable voice actors for heroes include Nolan North, Dave Fennoy, Jon St. John, Ellen McLain, Fred Tatasciore, Merle Dandridge, Jen Taylor, and John Patrick Lowrie.
John Patrick Lowrie (born June 28, 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American voice actor, actor, musician and author best known for voicing the Sniper in Team Fortress 2 and various characters in Dota 2.

Gamescom

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At Gamescom 2011, company president Gabe Newell explained that the trademark was needed to develop a sequel with the already-identifiable brand.

IceFrog

Development of Dota 2 began in 2009 when IceFrog, lead designer of the original Defense of the Ancients mod, was hired by Valve to create a modernized remake for them in the Source game engine.
IceFrog (born 1984 (age 25)) is a pseudonymous video game designer known for being the lead designer of Defense of the Ancients (DotA), a custom Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos mod, as well as for the stand-alone sequel, Dota 2.

Blizzard Entertainment

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The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.
Shortly after Valve Corporation filed its trademark for "Dota" to secure the franchising rights for Dota 2, DotA-Allstars, LLC, run by former contributors to the games's predecessor, Defense of the Ancients, filed an opposing trademark in August 2010.

The International (Dota 2)

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The largest of them is known as The International, which is produced annually by Valve and most commonly held at the KeyArena in Seattle.
The International (TI) is an annual Dota 2 esports tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the game's developer.

The International 2018

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Each iteration of The International since then has surpassed the previous one's prize pool, with the most recent one, The International 2018, having one at over $25 million.
The International 2018 (TI8) was the eighth iteration of The International, an annual Dota 2 esports world championship tournament.

Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015

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In February 2015, Valve sponsored Dota 2 Asia Championships was held in Shanghai with a prize pool of over $3 million, raised through compendium sales.
The Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015, also known as DAC 2015, was a professional Dota 2 tournament that occurred in Shanghai, China from January 5-February 9, 2015 at the Shanghai Grand Stage.

Free-to-play

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As the game is fully free-to-play with no heroes needing to be bought or otherwise unlocked, revenue is made from microtransactions, such as loot boxes, and a battle pass subscription system called Dota Plus, which all offer non-gameplay altering virtual goods in return, such as cosmetic hero armor and weapon replacements.
As of 2012, free-to-play MOBAs, such as League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, and Dota 2 have become among the most popular PC games.

Jen Taylor

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Notable voice actors for heroes include Nolan North, Dave Fennoy, Jon St. John, Ellen McLain, Fred Tatasciore, Merle Dandridge, Jen Taylor, and John Patrick Lowrie.
She also voices Zoey in Left 4 Dead; Princess Peach, Toad, and Toadette in various Mario games; Salem in RWBY, and Lina, Windranger, Puck and Medusa in Dota 2.

The International 2016

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Including The International 2016 and 2017, which were considered to be the cumulative Major of their respective seasons, the series had five other events, which were the Frankfurt Major, Shanghai Major, Manila Major, Boston Major, and Kiev Major.
The International 2016 (TI6) was the sixth iteration of The International, an annual Dota 2 esports world championship tournament.

The International 2017

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Including The International 2016 and 2017, which were considered to be the cumulative Major of their respective seasons, the series had five other events, which were the Frankfurt Major, Shanghai Major, Manila Major, Boston Major, and Kiev Major.
The International 2017 (TI7) was the seventh iteration of The International, an annual Dota 2 esports world championship tournament.