On the heels of unveiling the first public gameplay of Dota 2 this week at Germany's Gamescom, Valve has announced the public beta is open for signups. The registration has been posted alongside the tournament bracket for the million-dollar competition happening at Gamescom this week. You'll need to register for Steam to participate, but aside from that, the beta is open to everyone (not the tournament).
Valve announced today that the beta stress testing should begin in "a few weeks following Gamescom.” So even if you don't happen to be in one of the sixteen teams of elite international Dota players competing in Valve's tournament, you might still be playing Dota 2 as soon as early next month. The final release is targeted for the end of the year, but Valve isn't afraid to admit that it may slip into early 2012.
Until then, you can start thinking about Dota 2 strategies by watching the tournament, which will continue through August 21. Matches can be viewed after they happen or as they're live-streamed over the Dota 2 site.
Aug 17, 2011