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Bigscreen Beta Will Officially Host The International 2019 DOTA 2 Tournament Next Week

Bigscreen Inc. has been rolling out the updates for its popular cross-platform app¬†Bigscreen Beta,¬†with the most significant being July’s Bigscreen TV feature. This has allowed the app to become more than just a screen-sharing social app, evolving it into an entertainment portal in its own right. While there are a bunch of channels to watch,¬†Bigscreen Beta¬†is looking towards the eSports market to attract new users, announcing¬†The International 2019,¬†the DOTA 2 eSports tournament will be officially streamed via the platform next week.

The International Dota2 2019 Championship

Taking place¬†in Shanghai, China, The¬†International 2019 has a prize pool of $32 million USD, helping it retain its place as the biggest eSports tournament in the world – the recent¬†Fortnite¬†World Cup had a $30 million prize pool. And for all those fans who can’t head over to China to watch, they don’t need to thanks to¬†Bigscreen Beta.

This isn’t the first time Valve has streamed this competition in virtual reality (VR), originally experimenting with the feature in 2016 for HTC Vive owners. Bringing it to¬†Bigscreen Beta, on the other hand, opens the tournament up to even more viewers thanks to the apps support of multiple platforms such as¬†HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift/Rift S, Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and Samsung GearVR.

Watching The International 2019 DOTA 2 tournament live via Bigscreen Beta also means you can customise avatars, change virtual environments, and voice chat with friends and other DOTA 2 fans.

The International 2019 DOTA 2 tournament schedule is as follows:

  • 15th – 18th August – Group Stage featuring 18 teams divided into two groups.
  • 20th – 24th August – Main Event
  • 25th August – Finals (First place nets $14 million)

Bigscreen Beta

That’s not all¬†Bigscreen Beta¬†has planned. “As Bigscreen makes a bigger push into eSports, we plan to create an ‚ÄúeStadium‚ÄĚ virtual environment where fans can gather together to cheer for their favourite teams,” notes¬†Bigscreen Inc. CEO and founder¬†Darshan Shankar in a blog post.

At the end of the week Bigscreen Beta will be launching a new environment to enjoy, a new modern-themed cinema. The app is free on all the aforementioned headsets, and as further updates are released, VRFocus will let you know.