It will be like the they never existed. They’ll grow wings and fly away. Their disappearance will be sudden, and for some it will be unjust. Some people will pay more than fair market value to get their hands on them.
Tickets for The International 2016, the Dota 2 world championship, go on sale tomorrow. More specifically, tickets go on sale on April 7th at 10:00 a.m. PST. Make sure you check your respective time zones; East Coasters need to be ready to click at 1:00 p.m.
Valve is selling tickets at $75 and $100, and you can get them on Ticketmaster here.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Midweek ticket – For $75, you get access to the first four days of The International, including the opening ceremony and the All-Star match. Not terrible for four days of action and free merch, although it is smack in the middle of the work week.
- Finals ticket – For an extra $25, you get access to, well, the Finals. The Finals take place on Friday and Saturday, so expect these to sell out much quicker, if not because less people have to work, then because more people would rather see the climax of this year’s world championship.
If you’re serious about getting tickets, it’s best not to lollygag. When Valve announced the date of the ticket sales on the Dota 2 blog, the company stated:
“We recommend that you prepare your Ticketmaster account and log in before tickets go on sale to help ensure a smooth purchasing experience.”
Here’s what they really want to say: tickets are going to sell out within minutes, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Ha-ha, minutes? That seems ludicrous except for the fact that tickets for last year’s world championship did sell out in minutes—ten of them to be exact.
Valve is hosting The International at Seattle’s Key Arena. This is the third year in a row that The International will go down in Seattle. The event is staged for August 8th to August 13th, a six-day scramble for one of e-sports’ most prestigious awards. Not to mention the paycheck that comes with it: last year’s prize pool climbed to a shocking $18,429,613 with the first place team taking home $6,634,661.
The International qualifiers start in June.