The casually triumphant pageantry of The International 6

Yesterday, Valve kicked off the first day of The International 2016 main event with an opening ceremony that was somehow both flamboyant and low-key. A large but unimposing figure in the shape of Gabe Newell, the company’s co-founder and managing director, strutted sheepishly onto the stage while Dota 2‘s theme music was blasted over the sound system. Welcome to the International,” he said, in a rhythm and cadence nearly identical to the year prior.

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