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Valve announces Dota 2 update with 2 new characters

Valve announces Dota 2 update with 2 new characters

This year's Dota 2 tournament at The International 2017 e-sports event has been full of surprises. First fans were treated to a special demonstration of an AI bot crushing one of the game's top professional players, and then developer Valve used the second to last day to reveal that two new characters would be debuting soon. A quick teaser video showed the pair in action, as well as announced that a new update titled Dueling Fates is on the way.

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OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot defeats world’s best pro player

As artificial intelligence has already mastered the ancient game of Go, researchers are now moving on to complicated games of a more modern variety, like the massively popular MOBA title Dota 2. At this year's Dota 2 tournament hosted by developer Valve at The International e-sports event, a new bot created by the startup OpenAI managed to defeat Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin, one of the world's best professional players, live on stage during a 1-on-1 match.

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Watch Valve’s Artifact crush the dreams of Dota 2 fans

Watch Valve’s Artifact crush the dreams of Dota 2 fans

There's a good chance you've already heard of Artifact, the newest game on the way from Valve. Revealed at Valve's massive annual Dota 2 tournament, The International, Artifact has been the topic of much discussion since its debut. A lot of that discussion has been negative, and thanks to one International attendee, we get to see how Dota 2 fans reacted to the news in real time.

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Artifact is Dota 2 re-imagined as a card game

Artifact is Dota 2 re-imagined as a card game

When it comes to the relatively young genre now known as MOBA, short for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, there is no name that rings louder than Dota. Be it the original DotA or the Valve-owned Dota 2, the game formerly known as the “Defense of the Ancients” has become both the poster boy as well as cookie cutter for MOBAs that followed. The franchise, however, has mostly been confined to that. At the International Dota 2 tournament, Valve surprised everyone that it was ready to break into new ground while still carrying that beloved name. Artifact: The Dota Card Game is coming next year and it has Blizzard’s Hearthstone in its cross-hair.

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Valve debuts VR spectator mode for DOTA 2

Valve debuts VR spectator mode for DOTA 2

Valve has just teased a new virtual reality-compatible spectator mode for the immensely popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game DOTA 2, one of the biggest titles in the growing trend of e-sports. The new mode is seen in a video clip on the SteamVR website, highlighting how the VR experience enhances spectating for fans. An e-sports match is played out in 3D right in front of a viewer, while additional information can be seen just looking to the sides of the map.

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DOTA 2 errors out in longest match ever

DOTA 2 errors out in longest match ever

The longest official competitive match of DOTA 2 has been played - this Friday - at a whopping 3-hours and 20 minutes long. This game went so long that the game's map began to error out - too much and too many items - making the game nearly unplayable. This match was fought between SFZ)) (Scaryfacezzzzz) and Cloud9, and ended with SFZ the victor, 104 to 63. Net worth advantage rested with SFZ)) by 4,796, and Roshan was most certainly alive - after dying 14 times. What's more, this is just the 2nd of three games, and the score is now tied.

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theScore eSports aims for total coverage on iOS and Android

theScore eSports aims for total coverage on iOS and Android

The fastest growing sporting environment today is - unequivocally - video games. It's a segment called "eSports", and the folks at theScore are aiming to bring a one-stop-shop for following the biggest and the best games in the world to mobile devices. Recently launched on Android and launched on iOS just this week, "theScore eSports" is an app that's aiming to bring all eSports scores, data, and connections to live feeds to your fingertips. Have a peek at the app here and listen in as its creators speak on the future.

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Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Over the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were) while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server down results in someone realizing it and flipping out, so it's time! It's time to watch the madness unfold.

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DOTA 2 servers are down: if you’re affected, you’re unlucky

DOTA 2 servers are down: if you’re affected, you’re unlucky

This afternoon several servers dedicated to DOTA 2 are down in both the United States and in Europe. At the time this article is published, 5 servers are knocked out in the United States for Steam, while Europe’s servers are down by 6. Online regions for the official DOTA 2 game coordinator are at 13 of 14.

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Valve Source 2 engine soft-launched, rumors run wild

Valve Source 2 engine soft-launched, rumors run wild

This week Valve has soft-launched Source 2, also known as Source Engine 2, or the next generation of their engine for video games. This software is the base for the next generation of Valve games, very possibly ready for titles like Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3, and - though it may seem like a long-lost dream, Half-Life 3.

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Gaming is a Sport: watch DOTA 2 on ESPN with Valve

Gaming is a Sport: watch DOTA 2 on ESPN with Valve

Broadcasting live from ESPN3, Valve’s DOTA 2 championship will be the first video game to take part in the sports network’s event coverage. This will begin this Sunday, the 20th of July, on ESPN2, where an exclusive preview of the tournament’s final match will roll out with interviews with the players as well as Valve’s own Game Newell.

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Video Games as sports: watch a live tournament now

Video Games as sports: watch a live tournament now

Delivered in a collection of streams, some made for top-tier viewing, some for side-games, and one for those new to the game, Valve is bringing video game sporting (esports) to the public with DOTA2. What you’ll want to do is check out the several streams below to catch whatever angle you’re all about.

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