Twitch Drops May Possibly Return For Dota 2’s The International 10
Several games have run promotions through Twitch’s drop system by rewarding viewers of specific streams or events with in-game items earned by simply watching. Valorant’s closed beta invites were actually sent out via Twitch drops last year. Other games that have run promotions through Twitch’s drop system include Call of Duty Warzone, Fortnite, and Hearthstone. Now, thanks to some information mined from Steam, it looks like Dota 2 will be partnering with Twitch for Dota 2 drops for The International 10. However, this isn’t Dota 2’s first time using the Twitch drop system.
Dota 2, Twitch Drops, and Heroic Cosmetics
According to a tweet by SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik, it looks like Twitch drops may be enabled for Dota 2’s The International 10, meaning that players may receive in-game cosmetic items for watching the event on Twitch while having their Steam account linked to their Twitch account. While this isn’t exactly impressive on its own, this will be the first time Dota 2 players will receive Twitch drops since 2013.
Back in 2013, Valve posted an announcement on their blog about Twitch’s integration with Dota 2 and users’ Steam accounts. While the original blog post has been purged from the Dota 2 website, the announcement can be seen in this post on the LiquidDota forums. Basically, if you owned an in-game ticket to a Dota 2 tournament and you watched that tournament on Twitch, you would be eligible for in-game drops, which usually were cosmetic items that had the possibility of being Heroic, meaning that the item was commemorative of a specific event that happened in a tournament.
Heroic items can be highly coveted based on what match spawned them and what tournament the item is associated with. Some heroic items can go for over $1,000 based on things like being some of the first matches of a popular professional player’s career. For a while, the Steam community marketplace was flooded with various Heroic items from different tournaments. The overabundance of Heroic items began to dwindle once Dota 2 Reborn came out and in-game tickets and tournament passes were cycled out as a result.
The question with these new Twitch drops is whether they will drop exclusive Dota 2 items linked to The International 10 that are different from the Heroic items of the past. Valve has the opportunity to enhance the Twitch viewing experience and reward fans of Dota 2 with exclusive items commemorating The International 10 and the now 11 years of professional Dota 2 competition. Players have already exhausted both the 2020 International Compendium and the Nemestice 2021 Battle Pass, so seeing something that’s unique to Twitch drops that exist outside of The International 10’s compendiums and battle pass would really show Valve’s commitment to their fans.
Should more details regarding Dota 2’s The International 10 and the rumored Twitch drops become known, we’ll be sure to report on it. With fourteen days to go, we can expect more news related to The International 10 to pop up soon.