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Dota 2 spectator client released on Steam

Valveannounced (opens in new tab)today that they have released a brand new spectating client for their upcoming MOBA title,Dota 2 (opens in new tab)which is currently in beta.

The spectating client will allow viewers to tune in to matches and view them from the perspective of players, or from the perspective of a cameraman directing the action with commentators piped in. It all seems very similar to StarCraft 2's replay system, with the added bonus of it all taking place live. The spectating tool is currently only available as a standalone application.

This represents Valve's latest move in positioning Dota 2 as a powerhouse in the eSports industry. First came their million dollar tournament, The International (opens in new tab), then came their documentary project (opens in new tab), and now an overhaul of the viewing experience for eSports fans. Looks like Dota 2 and League of Legends could be gearing up for the next great eSports war.

Andrew is a freelance video game journalist, writing for sites like Wired and GamesRadar. Andrew has also written a book called EMPIRES OF EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online.