A couple of months ago, Valve announced that it would be adding a spectator mode for its upcoming action-RTS game DOTA 2. Now Valve has announced that the DOTA 2 spectator client is available to download for all Steam users, regardless if they have the game or not.
In a post on the game's official blog, Valve states, "You will be able to watch any Live or Recent matches plus all of the upcoming The International right inside the client. Every spectator feature is enabled, including Player Perspective, Commentators and Directed view."
The International is Valve's second annual DOTA 2 tournament, which will be held this year as part of PAX Prime in Seattle on August 31st-September 2nd. 16 teams from around the world will compete in the event with $1 million being given to the final winning team.
Technically, DOTA 2 is still in a beta stage, but there are currently tens of thousands of players at any one time playing the beta version. The game will be free to play when it officially launches later this year, with revenue coming from cosmetic in-game items. You can also purchase a way to get an immediate invite to the beta test for $29.99, along with a number of in-game items.
Source: DOTA 2 blog | Image via Valve