The Dota 2 International isn't until next week, but there are already 4,875 people tuned in to the stream

The fifth edition of The International Dota 2 Championships is set to kick off next week, filling the internet with wall-to-wall multiplayer battle action. It’s going to be the most lucrative e-sports tournament yet, with a prize fund now surpassing $17.4 million — but if you want to get a real sense for how excited people are for it, there are already nearly 5,000 viewers watching a placeholder stream for the event. A lightly animated tournament logo, accompanied by looping ambient music, is all that’s on offer right now, with a comments stream filled with questions about when The International begins (some of them serious, most of them ironic).

The first real action for the tournament will be on Sunday at 9AM Pacific Time, with…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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