The annual competition will once again take place at Seattle’s KeyArena, running from August 8 through August 13. This year, potential attendees can choose between two different ticket options (or one of each if you don't want to miss any of the action).
A $75 mid-week ticket will grant admission to the first four days of the event which includes the opening ceremony and the All-Star match. A ticket to the finals, which will set buyers back $100, grants access to the last two days of the event. Valve notes that both ticket options can be purchased in a single order.
Those in attendance will have the opportunity to score some unique in-game items. At First Blood in each individual game, 500 “Attendee Treasures” will drop, each containing visually-unique versions of this year’s Secret Shop Immortals. To be eligible for the drop, you’ll need to have a badge linked to a Steam account and be inside the arena when First Blood occurs.
Fans that only spring for the mid-week ticket can watch the final two days of the event in an outdoor viewing area free of charge.
Last year’s event generated a prize pool of more than $18 million, breaking the previous year’s record as the largest competitive gaming prize pool for a single tournament. Team Evil Geniuses from the US finished in first place, taking home over $6.6 million in prize money.
Tickets go on sale April 7 at 10:00 am.