For the first time ever, the battle for the Aegis of Champions will be waged on Canadian soil, as The International Dota 2 Championships invite the world's top Dota teams to face off at Rogers Arena in Vancouver from August 20 through August 25. 
 

The International, hosted by Valve Corporation, originated in Cologne, Germany in 2011 before moving to the KeyArena in Seattle until the summer of last year. Now in its eighth year, the International is the largest e-sports tournament in the world, routinely drawing sold-out international crowds, with over 1 million international viewers expected via online platforms. 
 

Home to well-known companies like Electronic Arts (EA), Microsoft, Capcom, Nintendo, and Sony Pictures Imageworks, the event is a natural fit for Vancouver. Rogers Arena, located in downtown Vancouver, hosts the Vancouver Canucks, and served as the primary ice hockey venue at the 2010 Winter Olympic games. The venue is expected to sell out +18,000 seats, and the event is set to offer a prize pool of $24 million for winning teams. 
 

Tickets are on sale now, ranging from CAN $125-$250 via ticketmaster

While you're in Vancouver, also be sure to check out these one-of-a-kind luxury experiences, perfect for the summer months:  

Scenic Rush

Scenic Rush offers exotic driving experiences on the world-famous Sea to Sky Highway—considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful drives—from West Vancouver to Squamish and Whistler. Guests will drive four different luxury cars, including a Ferrari and Lamborghini. The experience includes the spectacular scenery offered by the Sea to Sky region and stops along the way for beautiful photo opportunities.
 

Parq Vancouver

A stone's throw away from Roger's Arena is Parq Vancouver, a luxury and lifestyle destination for business and pleasure, offering a stunning view of the surrounding city. Parq’s casino features state-of-the-art gaming on two floors, and the resort boasts a collection of eight restaurants and lounges from award-winning restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla. 
 

SKY Helicopters

Soar over the city, waterfalls, and mountains on the Coast Mountain Adventure helicopter tour with Sky Helicopters, including a 30-minute landing at a secluded mountaintop or alpine lake in a unique personalized charter experience. 

 

Dinner in the Sky 

Dinner in the Sky is set to return to Vancouver for 2018, delighting diners with gourmet food, cocktails, wine and stunning views 100 feet in the sky in North Vancouver. 22 guests can enjoy a 360-degree view with secure, comfortable rotating and reclining seating. 

 

SKOOKUM Festival | September 7-9, 2018

If you can't get enough of Vancouver, stick around for Stanley Park's newest music, food, and art festival, SKOOKUM, in early September. Headliners include The Killers and Florence + The Machine. The festival will also include live art, sculpture, and multi-media installations, along with food from some of Vancouver’s most notable chefs and premium BC wines, local craft distilleries, and breweries.