Game over, Seattle — Dota 2 eSports tournament moves to Vancouver

The International Dota 2 Championships will be held August 20-25 at Rogers Arena

A Dota 2 eSports tournament in Moscow, 2016 | Shutterstock

An eSports tournament known for paying out tens of millions of dollars in prize money is making a cross-border jump from Seattle to Vancouver this summer.

The International Dota 2 Championships will be held August 20-25 at Rogers Arena, where attendees will pay C$125-250 for tickets to watch gamers vie for prize money.

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game in which players try to destroy an opposing team's base while trying to defend their own base.

“For the first time ever, the battle for the Aegis of Champions will be waged on Canadian soil,” organizers announced in a March 15 blog post.

Washington state-based video game developer Valve Corporation held the multi-day eSports event at Seattle’s Key Arena last year, drawing a $24.8-million prize pool to the 17,500-seat venue.

The tournament first launched in Germany before making Seattle its home the past six years.

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