During the big Dota 2 The international tournament today, Valve announced something unexpected: A Gabe Newell voice pack for the very popular free-to-play MOBA. That's right, the Valve founder's voice comes to Dota 2. And in a very clever move on Valve's part, the company offers the voice pack in Dota 2's Battle Pass for $ 10. One quarter of Battle Pass sales contribute to the overall international prize pool, as already is the largest in Esport's history.
We can only imagine the prize pool will increase significantly now that players can pay for the ability to hear Newell announce Dota 2 matches. Valve made the announcement today in a stupid dirt where Newell struggles to express some feelings or enthusiasm during the vote over the process. The actual voice settings in the game are quite good; They include things like "Basic Piracy is a Service Issue" and "As you can see, games are actually art." Check out the video at the bottom of this post from DotaBoyz to hear the new Gabe Newell lines that are in the game now.
The international's main event started Monday, August 20th, and runs through the finals Saturday 25th of August. Continue to check back with GameSpot for more at the event.
The current prize pool for The International 2018 is almost $ 25 million. The winning team takes home more than $ 10 million, while the team that places last – 18th place – earns more than $ 60,000. You can learn more about the prize pool and the tournament here on its website.