TriplePoints of Interest – Week of August 8

This week a whopping $20 million is up for grabs at The International 2016. there are plans to build an eSports arena in the Bay Area, and No Man’s Sky finally released.

DOTA 2 International is offering more than $20 million in prize money

Valve’s DOTA 2 International tournament kicked off on August 8th! Shacknews reported that the annual championship tournament is held at the KeyArena at Seattle Center and will feature 16 teams. This year it’s looking at its biggest prize pool ever more than $20 million, which is a step up from last year’s record-breaking mark of $18.4 million. The International will end on August 13th. All the action is broadcasted live on the Dota 2 website.

eSports Arena to be Built in Oakland, CA

The SF Chronicle reports that a 16,000 square foot arena specifically for eSports will be built in Oakland. A joint venture from Allied eSports of China and southern California startup eSports Arena of Santa Anna, the arena will be built in Oakland’s Jack London Square area. This comes after an eSports arena was opened in Beijing, and with eight more similar arenas planned to open around the world.

The Infinite Possibility of No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky, one of the most anticipated games of this generation, launched on PS4 and PC this week. No Man’s Sky is a complex game engine that generates nearly infinite random environments, plants, and creatures. Instead of one planet to explore, it has 18 quintillion (seriously). “Even after hours of play, there’s a sense of barely scratching the surface of what it can offer,” says The Atlantic. But, that said, it’s become a divisive game, with a vocal minority of fans and players venting over the internet their frustrations at the game not being what the expected it to be.

Until next week!