New ways to reproduce live audiences and make TI viewing a more enjoyable and immersive experience.

Valve recently bombed the Dota 2 community, not allowing live viewers given the growing pandemic in Bucharest. However, the company is trying to fill the void with new ways to cheer on your favorite team and watch the event.

Like traditional sports, electronic sports will incorporate means that allow live spectators to have a more enjoyable experience even if they are not present on the site.

Cheering spectator

Valve has added a new cheering feature that allows viewers to cheer on their favorite team online. While watching a match online or via Twitch (coming soon), fans can click on a team logo at the top of the screen to send a shout out. Valve says they will take each individual’s cheers into account and sum them up to represent an actual audience in the stadium. This way, players will feel and hear your voices as well. As fragile as it sounds, it’s the closest real-time experience for fans.

Of course, there is another little twist to this feature. Valve will visually represent the cheers as team logos for Supporter’s Club members. The logos will have Bronze / Silver / Gold colors depending on the level of your Supporter.

Twitch integration

A screenshot of the Dota 2 TI10 Twitch integration, showing the settings during a game.

Valve has partnered with bukka and SUNSfan, who are the creators of the Tooltips Twitch extension for Dota 2, to provide additional functionality to Twitch viewers.

Viewers on Twitch can now hover over an ability or item and see its details and how it works. They can also participate in game predictions, similar to that of the client. Spectators can answer four questions and earn Compendium Points if they understand them correctly.

Encouraging teams will work the same way the client does. However, the most interesting part of the changes is the addition of Twitch Drops, similar to CS: GO Majors. Spectators will now receive a free drop of The International Lineage Treasure by watching one hour of matches throughout the tournament.

For everything to work, users need to integrate their Steam credentials into Twitch.

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