After being denied permissions by the Swedish government, Dota 2’s The International 10(TI10) is moving to Romania. Valve announced the move and gave out new dates for the different stages of the tournament in it’s latest statement.
The event was originally supposed to be held in Stockholm, Sweden. But earlier last month, the Swedish Sports Federation voted not to accept e-sports into its federation, resulting in TI10 not being classified as an elite sporting event in the country. Due to additional Covid-19 restrictions, this meant that any visa applications would be denied automatically for players or staff trying to enter Sweden.
According to Valve’s announcement, the event will now kick off on October 7th, 2021 with the group stages which will go on till Oct 10. The main stage will start on October 12, ending with the finals on Oct 17 which is to be held at Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.
Valve’s spokesperson stated, “We are grateful for the partnership we have formed with Romania and the city of Bucharest, and very much look forward to gathering with the global Dota 2 community, both in-person and virtually, to celebrate the elite players and amazing fandom at The International. Prepare yourself”
The event will offer the biggest prize pool in esports history, standing at a whopping $40 million. Looking at the announcement, it seems that the offline event will also host spectators. Additional information for ticket sales is expected to be revealed soon.
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