|Location|| Cologne, Germany|
Seattle, United States
|Prize Pool||$1.6 million USD|
The International is an annual double-elimination LAN tournament hosted by Valve. 16 invited professional DotA teams fight for the title of best Dota 2 team.
As of 2015, The International now takes the place of the summer event in the Dota Major Championships.
Valve announced The International in August 2011 as the first view on Dota 2. The tournament was held at Gamescom in Cologne. 16 invited teams were fighting for a total prize pool of $1.6 million. This gave the tournament the highest prize pool ever awarded to date.
Unlike the previous tournament, Valve held The International 2012 by themselves in Benaroya Hall in Seattle with 14 teams invited and 2 chosen with qualifiers.
Similar to the previous tournament in 2012, Valve held The International 2013 in Benaroya Hall in Seattle with 13 teams invited. 2 teams qualified and a wildcard match was held for the runner ups of the qualifiers.
The International 2014 moves to KeyArena, taking place July 18th through the 21st in Seattle. There will be 11 teams invited directly as well as four Regional Qualifiers taking place May 12th through the 25th. The winner of each Qualifier will receive an invitation, with the four runner-ups competing in Seattle for the final spot.
The International 2015 returns to KeyArena, taking place August 3rd through the 8th in Seattle.
|Year||Location||Winners||Score||Runners-up||Third place||Fourth place||Number of teams|
|Cologne, Germany|| Natus Vincere
|| Scythe Gaming
|Seattle, United States|| Invictus Gaming
||3-1|| Natus Vincere
|| LGD Gaming
|Seattle, United States|| The Alliance
||3-2|| Natus Vincere
|| Orange Esports
|Seattle, United States|| Newbee
||3-1|| Vici Gaming
|| Evil Geniuses