Valve confirms 2011 release for DOTA 2

Gamescom reveal, tournament announced.

Valve will finally lift the lid on keenly anticipated RTS sequel DOTA 2 during a tournament at Gamescom later this month, with the game due on shelves before the year is out.

As detailed on Steam, the contest, dubbed The International, will see 16 of the best DOTA teams in the world compete for a whopping $1 million first prize during the five-day trade show in Cologne, Gemany.

That's presumably when we'll get our first official look at the sequel to the hugely popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients.

"The International is the first public DOTA 2 event and will give the tens of millions of gamers playing Dota around the world their first look at the new game," said Valve president Gabe Newell.

"I have had the good fortune to watch the competitors as they prepare for the tournament, and the level of play is extraordinary."

The announcement added that the finished game will be released on Mac and PC "later this year".

Blizzard, responsible for DOTA source material Warcraft III, is working on its own official DOTA mod using the StarCraft II engine.

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