The International 10 (TI10), which was going to be the biggest DOTA 2 event of the year, is set to move to an alternate venue after being denied permissions by the Swedish Government. The event was indefinitely postponed previously in 2020 due to the Covid situation and we might see it being postponed again after the recent announcement by Valve.
In the official statement, Valve says that the Swedish Sports Federation had recently voted not to include esports into the federation. Following this, Valve approached the Swedish minister of interior to classify the event as an elite sporting event. Unfortunately, the Minister of Interior also failed to recognize it as an elite sporting event.
This means that anyone, including players, talent or support staff trying to procure a visa to get into Sweden for the TI10 will be denied permission.
Valve also pitched a direct appeal to the Swedish government on June 9 and a follow up request on June 14. The Government has been unable to offer a resolution so far, leading to the organizers considering alternate venues elsewhere in Europe to host the event.
The company however remains confident of hosting the event this year, stating, “We feel confident that in either instance we will have a solution that allows us to hold TI10 in Europe this year, and that we will be able to announce an updated plan in the very near future. We remain committed to hosting The International this year in a way that is both safe for all involved, and properly celebrates the players and fans of Dota 2.”
The International 10 regional qualifiers will remain unaffected despite the announcement and will start as scheduled from 23 June, 2021. Valve has also announced the arrival of it’s new summer event “Nemestice” which will go live later this week.
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