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The International goes international: Our first story today involves the Dota 2 esports tournament. For those of you who aren’t as familiar with Dota 2: It’s an online video game played between two teams of five. A massive Dota 2 tournament called The International takes place every year.
Last year, professional gamers competed for a prize pool of $24.7 million. The game was developed by Valve, a company based in Bellevue, Wash., and for the past four years, people from all over the world came to Seattle’s KeyArena to compete and watch.
But Valve decided to move the tournament — and tourism revenue — to Vancouver, BC instead. This year, it’ll take place in August at the Rogers Arena. Now this isn’t a huge surprise. Back in December, a KeyArena ticketing agent told GeekWire that the event wouldn’t return to the venue because of renovation. And Valve co-founder Gabe Newell previously said the tournament could be moved out of the country as a result of President Trump’s immigration crackdown.
Parking lots for shared bikes: Dockless bike-sharing services like LimeBike, Spin and Ofo allow users to leave bikes pretty much anywhere. It’s convenient for riders, but some say that these bikes have become a bit of a nuisance in cities like Seattle.
They’re not just being tossed aside on sidewalks. You might find a bike on city landmarks, like the Fremont Troll, underwater, dangling 20 feet up in the air, in a tree, or stacked on top of other bikes in what might be an attempt at abstract art.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is now testing out bike-share parking spaces. The city says they picked five test locations in Seattle for the parking zones. They made sure each parking area would leave a six-foot pedestrian path and would not block access to buildings and ramps.
Regulating Bitcoin: And finally, Plattsburgh, N.Y., passed the country’s very first ban on cryptocurrency mining. It’s a process that requires a lot of energy. Some people who live in Plattsburgh saw their electricity bills go up by two-hundred dollars.
The city’s mayor told Motherboard that Plattsburgh had “the cheapest electricity in the world” because of a nearby hydroelectric dam. According to Motherboard, the low costs of electricity attracted crypto miners to the city, but they ended up using so much electricity that the city had to buy power from the open market, which drove costs up.
It’s all part of a larger push to regulate cryptocurrencies across the country. Energy usage for bitcoin mining is also an issue in the Pacific Northwest, another region that has a lot of cheap hydroelectric power.