During the huge Dota 2 The International tournament today, Valve announced something unexpected: A Gabe Newell voice pack for the hugely popular free-to-play MOBA. That’s right, the Valve founder’s voice is coming to Dota 2. And in a very smart move on Valve’s part, the company is offering the voice pack in Dota 2’s Battle Pass for $10. A quarter of Battle Pass sales are contributed to the overall The International prize pool, which is already the biggest in the history of eSports.
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 silly skit where Newell struggles to express any emotion or enthusiasm during the voice over process. We sure hope the actual in-game lines are some of these, because that would be terrific. Here’s the video:
The International’s Main Event began on Monday, August 20, and runs through the finals on Saturday, August 25. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on the event.
The current prize pool for The International 2018 is almost $25 million. The winning team will take 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.