Contrary to what had been announced, the tenth edition of The International will finally be played without an audience. A big blow for Dota 2 fans.
It’s official. While the organizers of The International 10 had promised fans to be able to attend the competition, the World Championships of Dota 2 disappointments follow one after the other. Four days before the eSports competition kicks off, Valve said in a statement that the event would finally be held without an audience. A decision taken in the face of the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Romania, and new health measures pronounced by the city of Bucharest in recent days.
Valve reimburses fans
Only a few days after they go on sale on September 22, tickets to attend TI10 will be fully refunded, Valve promised. Health situation requires, the competition which will oppose the biggest international teams of Dota 2 will be held behind closed doors, without an audience. As every year, the progamers present will compete for a record prize pool: to the 1.6 million dollars initially announced, the video game studio added the equivalent of 25% of the total sales of its Battle Passes, that is to say a little less than $ 38.5 million. In total, these are so $ 40 million that the players will share, with nearly half ($ 18 million) allocated to the winning team. It is 10 million more than the TI9 which was held in 2019.
Serial hard hits
Unfortunately for Valve, this isn’t the first time that The International suffers from a complicated organization. Canceled in 2020 because of covid-19, the event was initially to be held in Sweden, before evoking an arrival in Paris. It is finally theBucharest National Arena in Romania which had been chosen to host the competition. Despite this ultimate disappointment, fans will still be able to follow the competition live from home. Little consolation.
While Valve’s decision is understandable, it arguably could have been anticipated better. Despite the reimbursement of their ticket, many players had already booked their trip to Romania for the occasion. Go online from October 7 to attend the first picks & bans.