Defence of the Ancients pits two teams of five players against each other in highly competitive, 40-minute or longer matches. Each player controls a single hero who levels up and stockpiles gold to purchase powerful equipment and consumables. As computer-controlled armies continually spawn and rush the enemy's base, players are responsible for using their powerful heroes to turn the tide of the battle in their favor.
The International 6 DOTA 2 tournament is underway, and Valve boss Gabe Newell’s opening address has been posted online. In it, Newell gives a little hint as to what he’s been up to at the company:
“For the last year, I’ve been spending most of my time with the VR team.”
That team has obviously been focused on the launch of the HTC Vive headset in April, as well as the production of first-party content for the system, such as The Lab, its renderer, and another unannounced project.
Valve has also recently introduced a virtual reality spectator mode to DOTA 2 itself, allowing live matches to be watched from within VR, to the point where you can teleport into the map itself and view the action from a first-person perspective. A DOTA 2 special edition HTC Vive headset is also available from the Valve store.
This year, The International featured some new augmented reality integration in its livestreaming. During the hero pick/ban stage, the selected heroes were combined with live footage of the arena itself:
The DOTA VR Hub lets you watch matches and teleport around the map in VR.
This special Vive has a red head strap in celebration of The International.
Could this be the future of eSports VR livestreams?
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