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Counter-Strike could get Dota 2 style "International"

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Valve isn’t just about Steam, you know. They are also the brains behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike. Those brains are being rewarded with the success of The International, and they might want to give similar treatment to other games in Valve’s stable.

Speaking to Prodota.ru, Valve’s Erik Johnson explained:

I don’t know if it would be called The International, but the guys working on Counter-Strike made a lot of progress on supporting the professional community around that game.

We all work at the same company and share a lot of ideas, and given how successful this tournament has become I don’t see any reason why a lot of the same things couldn’t be applied directly to Counter-Strike.

Of course, Valve has nothing to announce at the moment – this may or may not be one of the projects people have wheeled their desks around for at Valve. However, this could be an excellent idea and a great way to raise awareness of something other than MOBA in eSports. Counter-Strike and Team Fortress 2 are some of the most popular games – why not let them expand into the pro-realm, gaining exposure and credibility. Valve is a leader in this regard; by boosting prizes and making over the top tournaments, teams, players and games can become famous and attract even more fans. It would be a brilliant move from Valve, and certainly spice things up a bit.

Which games do you think would make excellent eSports that just need a bit more love and attention? Hearthstone is up and coming, but I’d love to see a random new game become the new eSports hit, like Just Dance.

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Last Updated: July 15, 2014


  1. Sir Rants A Lot Llew

    July 15, 2014 at 12:16

    I’m surprised it’s taken that long. I honestly thought that Counterstrike would be the first game to reach international competitive levels


    • Viking Of Science

      July 15, 2014 at 12:21

      Well, it has been played on International level before, It’s one of the games in the ESWC (Electronic Sports World Cup).

      But it’s about Time it got it’s own thing!


      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

        July 15, 2014 at 12:25

        Yeah that’s what I meant. A completely separate thing


      • Rags

        July 15, 2014 at 13:17

        Only real problem is latency. You can’t really have cross continent or even cross country tournaments. It’s a lan game. 🙁


        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew

          July 15, 2014 at 13:21

          No differant to DOTA or any MOBA for that matter.

          It has online play and the latency will affect the game as much as any latency in MOBAs


          • Rags

            July 15, 2014 at 13:40

            Not quite, the netcode behaves quite differently and for twitch based aiming a latency of 50+ is unacceptable for competitive play, for Dota 50ms or even 150ms should be doable where it is completely unplayable for CS.

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    July 15, 2014 at 12:32

    Rock Sim. The ultimate game of skill & most importantly, patience.


    • Kensei Seraph

      July 15, 2014 at 12:40

      That would depend on what level of competitive multiplayer the devs add, but I like how you think.


  3. Rags

    July 15, 2014 at 12:39

    Counter-strike was part of the pinnacle of esports along with SC:BW long before WC3 and Dota arrived. It along with Quake 3 spawned pro gaming. As a classic esport title it really can’t gain much more in terms of credibility. Purists still laugh at the idea that mobas are credible esport titles. I hope to see these games regain some popularity, but the skill gap is just too large and people quickly get discouraged unfortunately.


  4. Willem Van Wyk

    July 15, 2014 at 13:05

    Never thought I would EVER say these words, but Well done to Valve, they are put a lot of effort into the gaming community and it makes it awesome to be a gamer in today’s time!


    • Praise Lord GabeN

      July 15, 2014 at 14:56



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