The first wave of The International 6 tickets have already sold out in approximately one hour after a barrage of errors and site problems. A second chance will be given to fans in less than 12 hours, 10:00pm PT/07:00 CEST. The main event is set to run for six days, from Monday, August 8th, through Saturday, August 13th.
Marred with an onslaught of errors and cart “time outs” at checkout, TI6 hopeful ticket owners were frustrated with their experience and inability to land the tickets of their dreams.
Fans have one more chance at obtaining the highly coveted ticket to the Dota 2 event of the year. The second wave of tickets will be released at 10:00pm PT/07:00 CEST through Ticketmaster.com
Both ticket options – the Midweek ticket and the Finals ticket – can be purchased in a single order but are not able to be bundled together.
For a smoother purchasing experience, Dota 2 fans have been encouraged to check out the Ticketing FAQ, log into their Ticketmaster account before The International 6 tickets go on sale and use a time zone converter.
Last year, The International 5 tickets were sold out in a matter of minutes. The first batch of tickets were completely sold out in less than six minutes. A second batch of tickets then went on sale 12 hours later, only to vanish within minutes yet again. Tickets for TI4 were sold out in less than an hour.
The International 6 tickets
Noticeable changes were made to the ticketing system and pricing. A Dota 2 fan who would want to attend all six days of The International 6 would have to purchase two tickets instead of one and pay a total of $175, compared to last year’s $99 for access to the entire main event.
The International 6 will offer two ticket options. The Midweek ticket – available for $75 – will grant attendance to the first four days of the event, between August 8th – 11th, and includes access to the opening ceremony and the All-Star match. The Finals ticket – available for $100 – will grant access to the last two days of the main event, August 12th and 13th.
New perks for ticket holders
Valve has planned special bonuses for The International 6 attendees.
We will be dropping unique in-game items to audience members inside of the arena. At First Blood in each individual game, 500 exclusive Attendee Treasures will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of this year’s Secret Shop Immortals.
In order to be eligible for the Attendee Treasure drops, spectators must have their badges linked to their Steam accounts and be in the arena when First Blood occurs. Valve will provide a free outdoor viewing area on the KeyArena grounds, where fans with only the Midweek ticket will be able to watch the final two days of The International 6 competition.
The International is the annual Dota 2 tournament hosted by Valve Corporation. The International made its debut in August 2011, with a total prize pool of $1.6 million.
Last year’s event, The International 5, took place between August 3rd-8th at the KeyArena – a multi-purpose arena in Seattle, Washington, with a maximum capacity of over 17,000. The Dota 2 community contributed with a staggering $16,829,613 to the $1.6 million base prize pool, making the total prize fund of almost $18,429,613 million the largest in eSports history. The International titleholder is North-American team Evil Geniuses.