Dota 2’s The International 10 tournament finally got a new venue on Wednesday, July 7. Originally supposed to happen in Stockholm, Sweden, the event has now been moved to Bucharest, Romania.
What has happened?
Valve started working with the Scandinavian country to host the 2020 tournament almost two years ago now. As the summer-set event was getting closer, however, it was obvious that it’ll have to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Olympics and the European Soccer Championships, it got rescheduled for 2021.
Although eSports continues to grow, the Swedish Sports Federation chose not to accept it into its federation. This meant that every player outside of the EU would struggle to obtain a Visa for the tournament. These changes would heavily impact teams’ abilities to field the best rosters available and Valve chose to move it to a new location.
Now, the organizers finally found a new home for the event. It will take place in Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania. It’ll start on October 7th and conclude on October 17th.
Will the tournament have a live crowd in attendance?
Due to the coronavirus, it is still not clear whether the event will have a live audience this year. Valve is refraining from making a statement for now.
Arena Nationala can seat 55,000 people, which exceeds the capacity of some arenas that previously hosted The International. If the pandemic situation doesn’t take a turn for the worse, Dota 2 enthusiasts will get to attend the event.
Every Dota 2 fan’s dream
The International is a major event in the gaming industry that will be worth $256.97 billion by 2025. The 2019 tournament, which took place in Shanghai, China, was the most-watched Dota 2 show ever on Twitch. It peaked during the grand finals with 1.1 million viewers.