The Dota 2 The International has just wrapped, with Team Liquid winning the prize: an impressive US$10 million (RM42.9 million).
Dota 2 freshness
While The International's success was expected, it proved to be a source of surprise when Valve announced two new heroes: a pink fairy-like creature and a pangolin-inspired swordsman.
The names however have yet to be confirmed, but they will appear in Valve's upcoming Dueling Fates patch which will appear soon (date unknown).
Apart from the Dota 2 updates, Valve also teased a new card game with a Dota 2 theme, called Artifact. Coming on the heels of Blizzard's popular Hearthstone and Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls: Legends, it's yet another spinoff collectible card game based on a successful franchise.
The question is if Valve will be able to compete with the already successful franchises, not to mention the appeal of other already existing franchises such as Magic: The Gathering.
What's certain however is that Valve isn't about to rest on its laurels where Dota 2 is concerned, determined to stave off its biggest competitor, League of Legends.