If you have a Steam account, you can now link it with your Twitch.tv account. This new feature finally alleviates the minor inconvenience that comes with watching competitive Dota 2.
Previously, players had to decide between watching Dota 2 tournaments either in-game or via Twitch, with the later option excluding them from receiving promotional items that randomly “drop” during events, provided that they had purchased virtual tickets. With this new linked account system, players watching on Twitch are still eligible to receive the special items, assuming their Steam account has the required virtual tournament ticket associated with it.
Dota 2 is still set to launch at some point before August 7th and the beginning of its largest annual event, The International.
Dota 2 is developed Valve Corporation and serves as the stand-alone sequel to the Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne. Dota 2 is exclusively available via Valve’s content delivery platformSteam. The Dota 2 client is currently compatible only with Microsoft Windows, though an OS X release is anticipated in the future.
Dota 2 consists of session-based online multiplayer matches in which two teams of five players attempt to destroy the opponents’ fortified strongholds. Each player controls a “Hero” character and, over the course of each game, will improve their hero’s abilities, acquire items, and attack the enemy team whilst applying pressure on their base defenses.