THIS weekend the world of competitive online gaming known as “eSports” sees a prize pool of nearly $18 million for the “Dota 2” ‘International 5’ finals.
‘The International’ tournament is an annual event that sees the best “Dota 2” teams from across the world compete at Seattle’s Key Arena in front of a huge crowd of avid spectators.
Canberra “Dota 2” fans who can’t make it to Seattle can catch it here, with the video game bar ‘Reload’ in Civic hosting a massive pubstomp party overnight on August Saturday 8 to Sunday 9.
The event starts at 1.30 am and will feature not only the opportunity to watch the most exciting games live but also mini-tournaments, prize giveaways, Dota 2 themed cocktails and more. It is a ticketed event with limited spaces and is expected to sell out.
While the program announced today seems full of bounce and vigour, in contrast to the clear and self-explanatory “Enlighten” and “Floriade”, the enigmatic title is reminiscent of some other Canberra festivals, “You Are Here”, “I am Me” and “Art Not Apart”, with the potential to confuse rather than enlighten the public, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.