The International 9: Four More Slots for Direct Invite; Valve Announced $25,000 Short Film Contest -

The International 9: Four More Slots for Direct Invite; Valve Announced $25,000 Short Film Contest

Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year and largest esports prize pot in history, The International 9, is fast approaching. While pro players are busy fighting for the last four slots in direct invites, Valve also announced the details for its annual $25,000 short film contest for community artists.

StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2

After several Dota 2 Pro Circuit tournaments, eight teams have secured a direct invite to The International 9. Four out of eight teams are from Europe, one from North America, two from China, and one from SEA. There are 12 slots for the direct invite and only four are remaining.

The International 9 Invites as of 18/05/2019
The International 9 Direct Invites

StarLadder is one of the last two tournaments which will determine the last four direct invites in TI9. Participating teams are still undetermined but qualifiers playoffs will occur. Despite it being a minor, this event is pivotal to the teams who are very few points away from securing an invite. The winning team will get 120 DPC points and $125,000 prize cash.


EPICENTER tournament showcases 16 teams to battle for $350,000 and 4,950 DPC points. This is the last Dota 2 Pro Circuit event before The International 9. Along with StarLadder, EPICENTER will help determine who the last directly invited teams for TI9 are.

Keen Gaming, OG, TNC Predator, and EHOME, and the next four teams who could get the invite. However, the 4,950 DPC points from EPICENTER Major could be a big deal breaker and any teams from 9th to 20th can grab it.

Dota 2 Short Film Contest At The International 9

Valve was very pleased to announce that they are now accepting entries for its annual short film contest. Filmmakers have until the morning of August 7 to submit their short film creations. Entries should be 90 seconds or less to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop to qualify for consideration.

Fans are invited to visit the Workshop to participate in the voting and discussion process. This is to help Valve select the best entries to be showcased as part of The International 9 broadcast. Upon review of the Workshop ratings and discussions, Valve will nominate the top entries to be featured in The International 2019 Battle Pass for a final voting process by the community to determine the winners.

As before, each finalist that places in the top ten will be guaranteed to win $500, and the top three selections will be awarded prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 in recognition of their contributions to the Dota community.

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