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July 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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Thrills and chills as 'Dota 2' teams clash


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The biggest game in town this weekend just might be "The International," a video-game tournament hosted by Bellevue-based Valve with a prize pool reaching $10.8 million. A sold-out crowd, including a costumed Raphael Hsieh, gathered in KeyArena on Friday to watch teams compete in playing "Dota 2," a wildly popular fantasy and strategy game distributed on Valve's Steam game service. Hsieh is dressed as Bloodseeker, one of the characters in "Dota 2."

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The crowd at the KeyArena watches the action on giant screens while teams compete from booths below. Finals in the tournament will take place Monday, with the winning team scoring about $5 million. Not bad for a frenzied stretch of game playing.

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