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
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