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: