It’s hard to contain the excitement in those who have grown up gaming, as live streaming reaches a frenzy in the lead up to the Red Bull Battle Grounds.
I must confess, I never fully appreciated gaming as a mass audience event, but clearly I was out of the loop as I found out when investigating the momentum growing around the phenomenon associated with Dota 2 and the Red Bull Battle Grounds. This momentum was clearly seen when the first release of tickets for the August event sold out in six minutes.
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Dota 2 is a sort of sub-genre of the real time strategy game Warcraft that is a multiplayer online battle arena video game. It is the standalone sequel to the Defense of the Ancients (DotA), Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
Teams and players of Dota 2 have to effectively qualify to get into the Red Bull Battle Grounds that are in August. The initial stage is coming to an end on April 28, with teams from Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, America, Southeast Asia, and China having been invited to compete.
These preliminary events leading to the final Red Bull Battle Grounds create an open opportunity for new gamers to show off their gaming skills as only the highest ranking teams get to play. Invitations to the next round of playoffs are expected to go out early May, and only the top two teams from a final 16 will play live in Seattle’s Key Arena in August.
You can liken this Red Bull Battle Grounds event to the World Cup or the Super Bowl. This will give you a feel for the super player worship and team spirit. These top-class gamers who are traded for upwards of $300,000 are treated with the utmost respect as they sweep through the game levels like ninjas, winning prizes up to $5 million.
If your struggling to understand the concept, create an account at Twitch.TV where you can watch the gamers playing live and experience live sports-like commentary of the gaming action. Twitch is home to the most dedicated and highly skilled gamers on the planet so you will get to see, some of these Red Bull Battle Grounds masters at work.
Or you can create an account at Steam and get some gaming in for yourself. Steam has over 3,500 games to play, from action to indie and everything in-between, with over one million gamers playing Dota 2.
If you’re already a veteran of the online gaming world, then there are some really good reasons to hop over to San Fransisco for the next round of the Red Bull Battle Grounds event, not least that two of the best Dota 2 teams in the world duking it out in front of live crowd. What could be better?