The first ever Dota 2 tournament has been announced by VALVe using the Dota 2 blog.
With it's prize pool of 1,000,000 $USD, yes you read this right, 1,000,000$ - jaw dropping is an understatement. NVidia will also provide all the hardware for the event.
The International will be held at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany between August 17-21. This will be the first showing of the game to the wide public. 16 top teams from everywhere throughout the planet have been paid expenses and will travel to the event to show the world how Dota 2 is played in a historical inaugural tournament.
Group stage double-elimination will be the format for this and it will be broadcasted LIVE in English, German, Chinese and Russian.
With the help of the GGnet World DotA rankings, meet the teams of the Dota 2
Dota 2 Teams at Gamescom 2011 (arranged according to rank)
01. Meet Your Makers (World Rank: 1)
02. Catastrophic Cruel Memories (World Rank: 2)
03. Natus Vincere (World Rank: 3)
04. Team GosuGamers (World Rank: 4)
05. TyLoo (World Rank: 5)
06. nevo (World Rank: 6)
07. OK.Nirvana.int (World Rank: 7)
08. Moscow 5 (World Rank: 8)
09. LGD (World Rank: 9)
10. EHOME (World Rank: 10)
11. OK.Nirvana.cn (World Rank: 11)
12. Mineski.Infinity (World Rank: 16)
13. Scythe.SG (World Rank: 25)
14. StarsBoba (World Rank: 35)
15. MUFC (World Rank: 82)
16. MiTH-Trust (World Rank: 686)
For European Based teams:
Top 6 EU teams
For Chinese teams
Top 5 CN teams
For SEA teams
One representative each for the countries with the most number of DotA players
(PH, SG, MY, VN, TH)