Valve's done with it
There will not be a True Sight for The International 2023, according to two-time champion and TI12 winner Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk.
Since its introduction, True Sight has been one of the highlights of the year for Dota 2 esports fans. The documentary series gives a behind-the-scenes look at the finals of The International, showing the full reality of esports from the raucous celebrations to the backstage sobs over defeat. Dota 2 fans might never look at The International like that again, however.
According to Team Spirit’s Yatoro, who won The International 2023, there won’t be a True Sight: The International 2023. If true, there’s reason to believe there won’t ever be another one given the current state of the Dota 2 pro scene.
Why won’t there be a True Sight for The International 2023?
No reason has been given for why there won’t be a True Sight: The International 2023. Valve did not state that the documentary was scrapped, but Yatoro from Team Spirit indicated that there weren’t camera crews around the teams, meaning there isn’t any footage.
The news was ultimately broken by Yatoro on his Twitch stream, who said there weren’t cameras surrounding the finals of The International 2022 or 2023. This means that the victories of neither Tundra Esports last year nor Team Spirit this year will get that treatment.
Valve is divesting from Dota 2 esports. While The International has been an institution in modern esports thanks to its enormous crowd-funded prize pool, that wasn’t the case this year. Valve dropped the massive The International Battle Pass in favor of a smaller compendium in 2023. The result was an event with a prize pool of just $3.2 million.
The company says that this helps to stagger content releases throughout the year, but it’s unclear whether this is will actually happen. No new hero was revealed during The International 2023 nor was any sort of event. This also serves to let Valve keep 100% of the proceeds from all future battle passes.
There will be a The International 2024, Valve says
Valve is withdrawing almost all its support of Dota 2 esports, but it suggested that it still plans on running The International 2024.
Alongside the lack of True Sight for 2022 and 2023, Valve has also scrapped the Dota Pro Circuit. There won’t be any official regional leagues next year and it’s unknown whether majors will continue to exist. While one might think that this is the end of Dota 2 esports, Valve indicated otherwise.
On the official Dota 2 blog, the company said there are still plans for a TI13.
“Competitive Dota predates the DPC by many years and will continue long after. The International will continue as well. We’re already working on The International 2024, and next year we’ll be talking more about how invitations to that event will work,” Valve said.
Just with the change to The International’s prize pool alone, the Dota 2 pro scene is in for a massive shift. The probable decrease in money changing hands could lead to veteran players leaving, but the lack of consolidation could lead more tournament organizers and multi-game esports organizations back to Dota 2. Fans will have to wait and see but one thing is certain; there won’t be any more documentaries on the game from Valve.