Dota 2 The International 2016 dated for August 8-13, tickets on sale April 7

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 1 April 2016 18:08 GMT

Valve has announced The International Dota 2 2016 Championship will once again return to the KeyArena in Seattle this August.

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The International Qualifiers will be held after completion of The Manila Major, with Open Qualifiers kicking off June 21 and the Regional Qualifiers following on June 25.

The eSports event will take place August 8-13 with tickets going on sale April 7. There will be two ticket options available through Ticketmaster:

  • The Midweek ticket $75: grants attendance to the first four days of the event August 8-11; access to opening ceremony and the All-Star match.
  • The Finals ticket $100: grants access to the last two days of the main event, August 12-13.

Both ticket options can be purchased in a single order. The Dota 2 website lists the exact time tickets will go on sale in various regions.

In-game items will be dropped to audience members inside of the arena as a special bonus. At First Blood in each individual game, 500 exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, and each contains unique versions of this year’s Secret Shop Immortals.

To be eligible, attendees must have a badge linked to a Steam account and be in the arena when First Blood occurs.

A free large outdoor viewing area will be available on the KeyArena grounds so those with Midweek Tickets can watch the final two days of the championship.

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