Valve has released an update on DOTA 2 with information about the start of ticket sales for the main stage of The International 2021 in Bucharest – it will begin on September 22 at 12:00 GMT. The developers also talked about improving the interface for viewers, improving Dota 2 technologies and much more.
Tickets for the main stage will be sold in three separate two-day packages:
- Weekdays 1 (October 12 and 13): 249 Romanian lei;
- Weekdays 2 (October 14 and 15): 249 Romanian lei;
- Final (October 16 and 17): 999 Romanian lei.
They can be purchased on a separate website theinternational2021.entertix.ro.
The developers have added a small free compendium to the game that allows you to collect cards from players of your favorite teams. A set of 5 cards is awarded for each victory per day. Also, the sets are allowed to be purchased for real money at the price of 35 rubles a set (at the time of September 17).
As the tournament approaches, the Compendium will be replenished with predictions, a fantasy league and a variety of rewards, among which there will be classic items in the black and gold style.
For fans of watching matches, records and files of “Patrol”, the authors have improved the viewer interface. It is now much easier to control the camera and playback, monitor charts, status indicators and more.
Improving DOTA 2 technologies
Valve is gradually phasing out outdated technology for DOTA 2. A lot of work will be done to improve the game in the coming months:
- will refuse to support Dota 2 on 32-bit systems (to run the game, you need a 64-bit device and operating system);
- will drop support for macOS below version 10.14;
- will drop support for DirectX 9 (users using DirectX 9 will switch to DirectX 11);
- will drop OpenGL support (users using OpenGL will switch to Vulkan).
- will drop XAudio support (-xaudio) and move to SDL Audio (-sdlaudio).
“Moving away from old technologies will allow us to simplify the development process and fully use the new capabilities of these APIs to make the game even more enjoyable,” the authors say.