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  1. Recently, as we’re preparing to get into the swing of a bunch of great tournaments, there has been a lot of discussion happening around who is allowed to broadcast professional Dota 2 matches. While there is a tendency to oversimplify issues like these, often times it takes a fair amount of effort to work through what the right outcome is for the community as a whole. With any change to any of our products we tend to start with a framing question of “What is best for our customers”. This means all customers, not just the ones who care about professional play, but also those who ardently follow specific streamers, along with tournament operators and their sponsors. Generally we tend to try to tread pretty lightly around areas where the community outside of Valve is doing a lot of the work, primarily because we don’t want to stifle invention that leads to someone doing something really cool that we hadn’t thought of. The community has built many beneficial things for itself — websites like Dotabuff, contributions to the Steam workshop, independent broadcast studios, sites like DatDota, streamers with unique communities of fans – and because of that we think that the community should have broad license in terms of what is allowed. Hopefully that background is useful when considering the specific issue of who should be broadcasting Dota 2 matches. Broadly speaking, we see two groups of fans (with some degree of overlap). Some fans follow competitive play – they have favorite teams, players, casters, tournaments — and want to consume content directly from tournament organizers who are producing events. Other fans have strong affinities to specific personalities, and they watch them play games, talk about games, and cast a variety of professional, amateur, and pub games. We want to make sure that there is content available that serves both groups of customers. To that end, in addition to the official, fully-produced streams from the tournament organizer itself, we believe that anyone should be able to broadcast a match from DotaTV for their audience. However, we don’t think they should do so in a commercial manner or in a way that directly competes with the tournament organizer’s stream. This means no advertising/branding overlays, and no sponsorships. It also means not using any of the official broadcast’s content such as caster audio, camerawork, overlays, interstitial content, and so on. Finally, this is not permission for studios to broadcast each other’s events. In general, everyone should play nice together, and we think the boundaries should be pretty clear. View the full article
  2. Perhaps the quintessential CS:GO map, Dust II has been a classic since its original release. The map captures the essence of CS and in this new release we wanted to honor its pure form while buffing away the jagged edges. Click the image below to find out what’s new and how to try it out. We are looking forward to your feedback. View the full article
  3. We’re excited to announce CS:GO’s next Major Championship Series will be hosted by ELEAGUE, with Playoffs taking place in Boston, January 26-28. Regional Champions Two teams from Regional Minor Championships in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and CIS regions will advance as contenders at the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier. Asia – October 26-29, Seoul CIS – October 26-29, Bucharest Europe – November 2-5, Bucharest Americas – November 2-5, Toronto Contenders, Challengers, Legends For the first time, the CS:GO Major Qualifier, Group Stage, and Playoffs will take place across consecutive weekends, with all stages of the event streamed live on Twitch, ELEAGUE.com and YouTube. It starts with the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier (Jan. 12-15) and ELEAGUE Major Group Stage (Jan. 19-22) at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta. The event culminates with the Playoffs (Jan. 26-28) at the Agganis Arena in Boston, with the winner taking home their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and becoming CS:GO Major Champions! For tickets and more information, visit www.eleague.com View the full article
  4. Each year, The International grand finals has fans on the edge of their seat because, after all, anything can happen in Dota. But who could have anticipated that Newbee – dominant in the upper bracket – would fall to Team Liquid in an unprecedented three straight games? Our film crew managed to capture what it truly feels like to win AND lose in grand fashion. It was an emotional ride for everyone involved and it’s an honor to present to you the next episode of the Valve documentary series, TRUE SIGHT. TRUE SIGHT is a documentary series that takes you behind the scenes of the journeys of professional Dota 2 teams. This episode follows Team Liquid and Newbee through the grand finals at The International 2017. Pressure builds as the two teams compete for the grand prize of $10.9 million, the largest in eSports history. View the full article
  5. Operation Hydra will be extended until November 13th, and operation passes are now 50% off! This will give new players who joined us recently a chance to spend some time playing operation maps and events. Stick Around After Operation Hydra ends, some of its most popular features will live on. First, the most-played operation game modes during the final month of the operation will be added to CS:GO. Second, the most played operation maps of the final month in Competitive Matchmaking and Casual (currently Agency and Austria, respectively) will replace the least played maps in those modes. Which maps and modes will end up in CS:GO? It’s up to you, so jump into a match and add some playtime to your favorites! View the full article
  6. To help celebrate Frostivus this year, we are happy to announce a new custom game contest. Each entry must be a new multiplayer custom game heavily themed around the Frostivus season, and may be either cooperative or competitive amongst the players. To enter, you must submit the final copy of the custom game by November 20th. We are excited to see all of the Frostivus game submissions for this contest. The winning entry will be selected by Valve and will receive a prize of $30,000. While the deadline for submitting the final copy is November 20th, we suggest that you involve the community during your development process earlier and have them play the game to give you feedback. Make sure to tag your game with “Frostivus 2017″ so fans can find your game on the workshop. Check the Frostivus 2017 Contest Rules page for all of the entry requirements. Ahead of the Frostivus season, we have a couple other things in the works. Our next big release will be The Dueling Fates update. We are still hard at work on it and don’t have an exact release date, but we are expecting it to take about another month to finish the content. We are also putting the finishing touches on the next True Sight episode, scheduled to be released on Tuesday next week. We have put together a teaser for it, check it out here. View the full article
  7. Just one month has passed since Team Liquid were crowned World Champions at The International, and already players, teams, and fans alike turn their attentions to the upcoming competitive season and the next chance to claim the Aegis of Champions in 2018. On the road to the next championship stand 11 Majors and 16 Minors that comprise the Dota Pro Circuit, an eight-month season of tournaments held around the world that offer Qualifying Points used to determine the eight direct invites to The International. As teams undertake the challenges of the new season, they can now bring another resource into the fight. This year, coaches will be allowed to remain with their players for the duration of the pre-game draft phase to discuss strategy and help determine picks and bans. Once the draft is complete, coaches will be required to depart the play area. With the first two Minors and first Major set to take place next month, players and teams are now welcome to manage rosters via the Majors and Minors Registration hub. Phase One of registration — during which managers can re-register previous teams, and players can accept invites or drop from previous teams — will end at 5:00 p.m. PDT on September 22. Phase Two — during which managers can register new teams and players can accept new invites — will end at 5:00 p.m. PDT on October 03. All rosters will be locked as final at the end of Phase Two. View the full article
  8. Today our favorite game becomes truly global as we welcome a massive community of the most dedicated gamers in the world. To all of the new players joining us through Perfect World in China, welcome to CS:GO! Join CS:GO today! Low-latency Chinese servers, instant Prime matchmaking status, it’s all free when you sign up for a CS:GO account through Perfect World and complete a quick identity verification process (CS:GO licenses are also available for purchase for your Perfect World account). Perfect World players who join us in the first month will receive a free graffiti pattern and two free stickers, featuring art created by Perfect World. These stickers and graffiti will be available for purchase worldwide starting in October. Spectral Dispersion Today we’re also introducing the new Spectrum 2 Case, available to all CS:GO players worldwide. The case includes a series of community-designed weapon finishes, with a rare special item from the second generation of knives in Chroma finishes. Incoming! This week, players had a chance to evaluate changes to the Glock, P250, and unarmored aimpunch (click here for details). Those changes are now live, so jump on to a server and give them a try. View the full article
  9. The final battle approaches, and the chosen defenders of the Brine must continue their secret mission into Dark Reef Prison to eradicate the fiendish Siltbreaker once and for all. Battle Pass owners are once again invited to undertake a journey that spans vast domains, where fearsome creatures and monstrous hordes lurk in every shadow, as the first Dota 2 Multiplayer Campaign concludes with today’s release of Siltbreaker: Act II. To accompany this release, we’ve added an Adventure Mode to Acts I & II that allows for a more casual playstyle. Adventure Mode playthroughs won’t garner any Artifacts, achievements, or rewards, but the decreased difficulty and removal of any non-quest goals will let players explore the dangerous world of Siltbreaker without any additional pressure. We’ve also introduced changes to the Artifact system for both acts that will help ensure more players can discover these objects of power and factor them into tactical decisions as they play. Players who collected Artifacts in Act I are welcome to utilize them in Act II, and vice versa, but there are some important differences with the new system. Check out today’s patch notes for more information. As you fight your way to a showdown with Siltbreaker, you’ll earn completion stars based on your performance level. The first time you complete a zone with one or two stars will net you Battle Points rewards, and delivering a three-star zone performance will grant a treasure from the aquatic terror himself. Each Siltbreaker Treasure includes a chance to receive an indescribably-rare Immortal Desert Sands Baby Roshan courier, and Battle Pass owners with Battle Level 165 or higher will receive double the treasures for each three-star zone they complete with the reward bonus active. You’ll also have the opportunity to unlock new Act II achievements for even more Battle Points. Can you find Siltbreaker and end this dire threat before he makes his escape? Party up with three friends or queue-met allies to find out. The safety of the free seas hangs in the balance, and—should you fail—the drylands might be next. View the full article
  10. The Road to the Aegis Congratulations to Team Liquid, Grand Champions at The International 2017. Team Liquid were one of six direct invites to this year’s tournament, arriving in Seattle with high expectations built upon strong results at recent events. Captained by a veteran who has competed in The International every year, Liquid established themselves early and never lost a series in the Group Stage. They scored 2-0 victories off of iG.Vitality, Fnatic, Infamous, Team Empire, and Team Secret; and earned 1-1 draws against EG, LGD, and TNC to finish with a group-best record of 13-3. The main stage, however, would present a more daunting challenge, as Team Liquid stumbled to a 1-2 loss at the hands of Invictus Gaming in the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals. The loss dropped them into the Lower Bracket and set up a do-or-die run through a string of six straight elimination series, forcing Liquid to outlast an aggressive Team Secret, send home an Empire squad that had bested EG, and overcome a relentless VP in one of the most intense matchups of the tournament. Not done yet, Liquid’s next elimination series saw them draft some lesser-used heroes to down LGD 2-0 and reach a Lower Bracket Finals vs Group B’s strongest team — LFY. Despite losing a drawn-out Game 1, Liquid held fast against LFY for a 2-1 series victory and a trip to the Grand Finals, where Upper Bracket winners Newbee were already waiting. There, Team Liquid would perform the first-ever Grand Finals sweep in The International’s history, besting Newbee’s elite lineup 3-0 to claim the Aegis of Champions and secure their status as world’s best. As bearers of the ultimate symbol of victory in the struggle between Radiant and Dire, these names shall forever be inscribed upon the Aegis’ silver plaque: 2017 Team Liquid Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov Maroun “GH” Merhej Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi Looking Back If you missed any of the tournament, or just want to relive some of the incredible moments and breathtaking plays, head over to The International site, where you can find replays for every match. There are also loads of photos and videos from the event over on the Media page, our TI7 Youtube playlist, and the Dota 2 Flickr. We would like to thank all of the players, talent, and everyone in the Dota community for helping bring this celebration of our shared passion to life. The International continues to be the crowning moment of the competitive season, and without everyone’s support, none of this would be possible. We hope you enjoyed this year’s tournament as much as we did. The Season Ahead With The International 2017 now behind us, it’s time to turn towards what comes next. In a few weeks, we’ll be releasing more details on the coming competitive season, including tournament schedules and other relevant information to help get players and fans ready for another unbelievable year of Dota. View the full article
  11. Arms Race 3 voting has begun! Head over and cast your votes! But don't wait too long, the deadline to vote is August 11th at 8pm UTC! View the full article
  12. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed players being unable to shoot or heal during pre-round freeze time Updated the localization files View the full article
  13. The Trove Carafe for The International 2017 is now available, featuring the item debuts for Jakiro and Oracle, as well as new items for Shadow Demon, Phantom Lancer, Anti-Mage, Troll Warlord, Faceless Void, and Beastmaster. Each treasure also offers the chance to receive a rare Invoker item, a very rare Golden Treasure that contains golden versions of select Immortals, or an ultra rare mystery courier that celebrates the spirit of The International. You can also support your favorite broadcast talent at this year’s event by purchasing autographed versions of the Trove Carafe. Just select the desired caster from the dropdown menu in the store to inscribe their autograph on the contents. Attendee Item Drops As a special bonus to fans attending The International, we will be dropping in-game items to audience members inside of KeyArena. At First Blood in each individual game, a limited number of exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of items selected from this year’s Immortals, and inscribed with a first-blood tracking gem. To be eligible, you must have a badge linked to a Steam account and be in the arena when First Blood occurs. We look forward to seeing you at The International. The International Main Event The International 2017 Group Stage has now concluded, resulting in the elimination of Fnatic and HellRaisers after four hard-fought days of Dota. LFY, Team Liquid, LGD, Newbee, Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming, Virtus.pro, and TNC all advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event. OG, Team Secret, iG.Vitality, Cloud9, Digital Chaos, Team Empire, Infamous, and Execration face the challenge of first-round best-of-one games in the Lower Bracket on Monday, August 7 at KeyArena. The broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and all the games can be watched live on The International website. View the full article
  14. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Fixed a server crash related to sentry rockets in Mannpower mode View the full article
  15. An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include: Added AsiaFortress Cup Season 11 tournament medals Added the Chapelaria Ultiduo Season 1 tournament medals Added the TFCL 6v6 Alpha and Season 2 tournament medals Added the TFCL Ultiduo Alpha, Season 2, and Season 3 tournament medals Added the Blapature Co. Contributor 2017 community event medal Added the TF2Maps 72hr TF2Jam Summer Participant 2017 community medal Fixed a server crash related to vote-kick Fixed a client crash related to previewing bundles in the Mann Co. Store Fixed being able to accept a duel request during the round-end bonus time Fixed rockets fired by Halloween bosses not displaying particle effects if Halloween is not active (community request) Strange Soda Poppers can now accept Critical Kills strange parts Updated the localization files Mannpower updateAll-classPlayers can no longer taunt when grappled to an enemy (you can still taunt if an enemy has grappled to you) Players can no longer grapple while frozen before a round starts or while stunned Fixed not equipping the grapple when accepting the prompt about equipping it EngineerHalved the number of wrench hits needed to upgrade buildings PyroReduced grapple movement speed when hooked into another player because of their advantage in close quarters Reduced the rate of rage gain when carrying a powerup AgilityReduced grapple movement speed bonus when carrying the intelligence KnockoutReduced melee damage bonus Updated health bonus per classSpy, Sniper, Engineer, Scout, and Heavy increased Medic, Soldier, and Demoman unchanged Pyro and Demoknight decreased PrecisionRemoved radius damage falloff on explosive projectiles Removed self-blast damage Resistance and VampireAdded immunity to reflect damage View the full article
  16. The Blapature Co. Summer Jam is a 24 Hour Team Fortress 2 charity livestream, featuring a host of personalities from the TF community. Their previous charity livestream raised over $800 for Child's Play, and their work with Rally Call has raised over £4000 for International Animal Rescue. This past weekend, Blapature Co. supported Child's Play again, with a donation target of $2000, which they have absolutely blown away! But don't worry if you missed it! There's still time to donate and show your support. Click here to do just that and here to check out Blapature Co.'s Twitch channel. View the full article
  17. Some of the most satisfying moments in Dota are found in the first stages of learning the game, as you begin to see intricate strategies take shape in the battles around you. However, there have also been some issues that caused unnecessary challenges for new players in the past. With today’s update we’re introducing two features designed to help new players face as few barriers as possible to enjoying Dota. The first feature is a change to the hero selection system. To help new players, we are now restricting hero selection to a curated group of twenty heroes for their first twenty-five games. This introductory group consists of heroes that we’ve learned are very successful in helping new players learn and enjoy the game. Today’s update also introduces a feature that matches new players against players with consistently high behavior scores. It is especially important for a new player to have a good social experience while they are first trying to learn the game. The matchmaking system will now ensure that new players will play with and against appropriately-skilled players that also have a track record of good behavior. The International is soon approaching, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Newcomer Stream! View the full article
  18. TFCL is proud to annouce their third official season of Ultiduo! Complete with medals, a prize pool, and a single division, this season boasts a total of 6 regular season matches, starting August 12th. But hurry, the registration deadline is August 9th. Click here to sign up and learn more. View the full article
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