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‘DOTA 2’ is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. The game is the stand-alone sequel to ‘Defense Of The Ancients’ (DOTA), which was a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s ‘Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos’ and its expansion pack, ‘The Frozen Throne’. ‘DOTA 2’ has a widespread and active competitive scene, with teams from across the world playing professionally in various dedicated leagues and tournaments. Premium ‘DOTA 2’ tournaments often have prize pools totalling millions of US dollars, the highest of any eSport. The largest of them is known as The International, which is produced by Valve and held annually at the KeyArena in Seattle. Valve also sponsor smaller but more frequently held tournaments known as The Majors, which lead up to the International every year. For larger tournaments, media coverage is done by a selection of on-site staff who provide commentary and analysis for the ongoing matches, similar to traditional sporting events. Broadcasts of professional DOTA 2 matches are streamed live over the internet and sometimes simulcast on television networks, with peak viewership numbers in the millions.
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