Community Announcements - SZ
New International immortal treasures are now available for a limited time. Each treasure contains five possible immortals and a rare International courier. There is also an extremely rare chance to unlock the Golden Trove treasure when opening either of the two treasures. The Golden Trove Treasure contains golden versions of the Trove Immortals as well as golden versions of the two rare International couriers.





Consume any extra immortals you own for a chance at a free Trove or Lockless treasure, and then try your luck again at getting the golden items. Opening your first and fifth treasure earns you two and four compendium levels respectively for each of the two treasures.

You can also support your favorite casters by buying signed versions of the new Lockless Luckvase and Trove Carafe treasures. These Signature Treasures now come with upgradeable autograph runes, which let you merge multiple autograph gems together to create a higher level gem. Level the gem up to 10 and unlock a special gold version of the autograph. A single use chisel is also included in the Treasure.
Community Announcements - SZ




The Group Stage is over, the Wild Cards have been chosen and the team brackets are locked in place. All that's left is the main event itself starting this Monday and running throughout the week, where the best Dota 2 players in the world will compete for over a $17,000,000 prize pool.

For the past five days, 16 teams have been competing for bracket positions to see who goes head-to-head with who next week. Click the image below to see how things shook out.



With the main event just days away, the teams will spend the weekend strategizing and, above all, practicing. Every team has a private practice area, stocked with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti-powered systems and G-SYNC monitors provided by NVIDIA.



If you're just catching up with this year's International, be sure to check out Kaci Aitchison's interviews with some of this year's top players, as well as in-depth player profiles, at our Youtube channel. You can also follow our twitter and instagram feeds for constant updates throughout the event.

It's going to be an exciting week. We'll see you Monday for Day 1 of the main event.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

Early Access games are here to stay, but is that cause for concern or celebration? We gathered to discuss whether early access benefits developers or players in its current state, and how we’d make it better. Along the way, we discussed the best alpha examples, paying for unfinished games, our love of regularly updated mods, Minecraft and the untapped potential of digital stores.>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Last time we checked in with teens-in-a-war ARPG spin-off Final Fantasy Type-0 [official site], we’d just received word that it would be coming to PC “soon”. Thanks to the press release that just landed on my desk, I can tell you that “soon” is August 18th. Obviously you should never preorder anything ever but if you were> to preorder this ‘un, you’d be able to cross the streams of in-game menageries by adding a chocobo courier to Dota 2. You can also have “a Moogle (Class Zero) as your ward”. I quoted that directly because most of the words didn’t mean anything to me.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Quake III's Q3DM17

Level 28! No, the other kind of level. The type that you run around in, shooting people or jumping on their heads and that sort of thing. Adam, Alec, Alice and Graham gather to discuss their favourite levels and/or maps from across the vast length of PC gaming, including selections from Deus Ex, Call of Duty and Quake III. Someone even makes a case for Xen from Half-Life, and means it.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Below you will find the 25 best horror games ever released on PC. To ensure the list was as accurate as possible, the compiler was locked in a dark cellar with a copy of every game in existence and a computer capable of running them all. Two weeks later, the following article was found written on the walls in blood (the postscript was recorded on an audiolog). The writer was nowhere to be seen.

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Community Announcements - SZ


The Wild Cards have ended, and the Group Stage starts soon. From Monday, July 27th through Thursday, July 30th, and starting at 9am PDT each day, two groups of eight teams will fight to determine their seeding for the Main Event of The International. Each game will be a set of two matches. At the end of Group Stage, the top four teams from each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, while the bottom four teams will go on to the Lower Bracket.

During Group Stage, three matches will be played simultaneously. You'll be able to watch all the action at <a herf="http://www.dota2.com/international/">The International website[/url], with the Primary Stream covering games in Series A, while also providing updates on the other games between matches.
PC Gamer

It won't surprise anybody to learn that, between Steam and a trio of popular online games, Valve is making a lot of money. But how much? Is the Washington-based company, for instance, Scrooge-McDuck-swimming-pool-full-of-cash rich?

Market data firm SuperData claims that Valve made $730 million in 2014. The firm gave their estimates to The Know, and later reiterated them to Develop.

Their projections covered Steam and Valve's top three games: Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The three games were estimated to have brought in $400 million. Further, it was said that Steam took $1.5 billion in sales across 2014—with Valve's royalties from third-party sales calculated at around $330 million.

Valve, of course, have not released their own figures, and SuperData admit that their estimates are "conservative".

As for The Know's video—titled "Half-Life 3 Will Never Release, Here's Why"—many of its other claims have been called into question. Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw even refuted The Know's suggestion that Valve were afraid to make Half-Life 3. "Fear is the last thing that would ever drive a decision about what to work on," he wrote in an email to a concerned fan.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

You are entering a DON'T LET THAT GOAT THROUGH zone

With over $17.5 million on the line Valve’s fifth annual Dota 2 [official site] competition, The International, is the biggest eSports event yet in terms of prize pool. It’s also the last International before the company makes some big structural changes to the Dota 2 competitive scene. I suspect next year’s event will feel substantially different so I’m hoping this year’s games are an end-of-an-era mic drop as monstrous and impressive as the prize pool itself.

Here’s a cheat sheet with all the basic info about the tournament:

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Community Announcements - Dota 2


The Wild Cards begin this Sunday at 9am PDT, where four teams will battle it out to decide who will claim the final two invites to The International. Following that will be the Group Stage games, which will determine the seeding for the Main Event, and will run through the week beginning Monday, July 27th at 10am PDT. Finally, the The International's Main Event begins on Monday, August 3rd and culminates with the Grand Finals on Saturday, August 8th, beginning at 10am PDT each day. You'll be able to watch every moment streamed live at The International site.

If you'll be attending The International in person, the doors to KeyArena open at 9am. Pre-orders for Secret Shop merchandise can be made until midnight PDT this Saturday night, July 25th. They will be available for pickup at the Secret Shop, located just outside of KeyArena at Fisher Pavilion, begining Friday, July 31st, at 8am PDT until 2pm PDT on August 8th.
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