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Even with The International 2014 well underway, Dota 2 hasn't quite managed to fully steal the spotlight away from Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, both of which still received substantial updates this past week!
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We're heading back in time further than we've ever gone before for Episode 3 of ValveTime Database, as we use never-before-seen screenshots and insight from Valve employees to take an in-depth look at Valve's first cancelled title, the fabled "Prospero".
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Today, Valve announced a new partnership with sports network ESPN which will see The International 2014 tournament broadcast live on the company's multi-screen sports network, ESPN3. Additional content will be available on ESPN2 on Sunday evening as the grand finale moves closer.
While ESPN as a sports network is usually more focused on Major League Baseball, the NFL, and the NBA, Valve's Erik Johnson believes this new shift comes as a response to eSports, such as Dota 2, becoming more widely recognised as "traditional" sports with true mainstream appeal.
It's been a few months since we last reviewed a game, so today we're going to be checking out Aperture Tag, a paint-themed Portal 2 mod created by Eugenio "Motanum" Roman. The mod looks to combine the dynamic paint spraying of Tag: The Power of Paint with the creative puzzle solving of Aperture Science and the Portal series. With a hyped build-up and an unusual price of entry, is Aperture Tag worth checking out, or has the paint already gone dry? Let’s find out!
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After seven days of competition and three different stages, the Playoffs for The International 2014 concluded earlier today. The eight final teams have been selected and two more have gone home, so be warned if you have yet to catch up as spoilers will follow!
This means Team Liquid and Titan were both eliminated from the tournament, leaving Phase Three with just under $50,000 each. With only eight teams remaining, The International 2014 will now be taking a short three day break prior to the main event at KeyArena, where all competing teams will fight throughout the Upper and Lower Bracket to find out which two will reach the grand final on Monday, July 21st. It should be noted that every remaining team is now guaranteed at least $510,000 in prize money, a figure which grows substantially the more they approach the grand prize of $4,945,000 (at time of writing).
Be sure to check out the main event of The International 2014 Dota 2 tournament on Friday, July 18th, to find out which of the eight impressive teams will be taking home the coveted Aegis of Champions. If you're not quite up to date with the tournament or its format, be sure to check out our own TI4 Spotlight Guide video or Valve's own hub over on the Dota 2 website.
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