Major video game tournament abandoning Seattle for Vancouver

The International Dota 2 Championships had been held in Seattle for the past six years but will take place in Vancouver starting this Aug. 20.

The International Dota 2 Championships to take place at Rogers Arena starting Aug. 20

Characters from the video game Dota 2 developed by Valve Corporation. The international championships for the game will be hosted by Vancouver in August 2018 for the first time. (Valve Corporation)

Vancouver is now set to host a major international video game tournament this summer after organizers pulled the International Dota 2 Championships tournament out of its former home in Seattle. 

Dota 2 is a team-based multiplayer online battle game that has more than 10 million active players across the globe. 

In a blog post, the game's Bellevue, Wash.-based developer announced the switch away from the tournament's six-year home in Seattle. 

"For the first time ever, the battle for the Aegis of Champions will be waged on Canadian soil."

European team, Team Liquid raises the winning trophy amid fireworks and paper streaming during the final of the 2017 International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle. (Alan Berner / The Associated Press)

The event, widely considered among the most prestigious in eSports, is now scheduled for Rogers Arena from Aug. 20-25. The past four tournaments have been contested at the 17,000-person capacity KeyArena. 

The company didn't elaborate on the reasons behind the switch in venue, but the move had been rumoured since last fall when advertising for the event was spotted at Rogers Arena. 

The move may have been prompted by renovations to the KeyArena as part of a plan to prepare the venue for possible future NBA or NHL teams.  

Fans cheer during the 2017 International Dota 2 Championships at KeyArena in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press)

Last year's event offered close to $25 million in prize money for players. 

The tournament started in Germany in 2011 before moving to Seattle for the next six years. 

Tickets for the 2018 event range from $125 to $250 and go on sale on Friday. 

Here's an official trailer for Dota 2 via the game's official YouTube channel

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