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Dota 2 gets added commentator functionality

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Dota 2 has already been built for eSports – it comes built in with streaming and sharing capabilities.  Now, it has added features for commentators.

The new patch allows commentators to show stats and items to viewers using pop-up messages.  Additionally, they can ask questions or send poll results.

I gotta say it’s pretty cool.  Sure, it’s gimmicky what with bells and whistles (and pop-ups).  No, it might not make a huge difference to eSports in general.  However, it might change things over at Blizzard and Riot – they might also add similar features.  In fact, it might change the face of eSports commentary.  It certainly adds some extra viewing pleasure.

Are you happy with these new features?  What would you like to see as eSports continues to evolve?

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Last Updated: June 4, 2013

5 Comments

  1. Argentil

    June 4, 2013 at 15:15

    Yay, I can’t wait to see how it works in The International.

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  2. frikkenator

    June 4, 2013 at 15:25

    I’m loving the new automated item alerts where it shows when players have bought an important item (Blink dagger, Butterfly etc).

    Also I don’t think it’s that gimmicky, for instance in the Raidcall tournament they would popup player and team facts such as Alliance has a 100% win rate against these heroes. It keeps it interesting and interactive.

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  3. hairyknees

    June 4, 2013 at 15:49

    Sweet 😀

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  4. Gerhard Davids

    June 4, 2013 at 16:13

    The Dota2 spectating is head and shoulders above the rest and there is a lot the other major games out there can learn from them in this regard.

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  5. Unavengedavo

    June 5, 2013 at 08:35

    As long as Morgan Freeman is the Commentator…

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