Dota 2: Valve Announce The International will be Postponed

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Dota 2: Valve Announce The International will be Postponed

Dota fans will have to imagine their 2020, without TI 10.

It’s been a rough year for the Dota Pro Circuit. Restrictions and regulations brought about by the spread of COVID-19 made it impossible for events anywhere to run as planned. And the DPC was no exception.

Although many events pivoted to an all-online format, the Major and Minor events in the Dota Pro Circuit were all cancelled; leaving teams unable to earn qualifying points for Valve’s prestigious annual tournament, The International (TI).

Many fans expressed concerns about what the cancellations were going to mean for the main DPC event and its mammoth prize pools, which regularly bring in record viewers.

Now in its tenth year, this year TI 10 was slated to be held in Stockholm over the summer. However, Valve have made the difficult decision to delay 2020’s instalment of The International, making the announcement on their blog today.

TI 10 unlikely this year

“After extensive consideration of the global health emergency stemming from COVID-19, we have made the difficult choice to delay The International.” The blog reads.

According to Valve’s statement, they have been exploring various possibilities for rescheduling but admit, “it is likely that the event will need to happen in 2021.”

This is hardly surprising; considering the mix of issues which organizers of an event like TI have to mitigate and work around.

Gathering restrictions, global travel policies and the trajectory of the virus are all factors which Valve say they're taking into consideration while they plan. Although they did warn fans,, they “don’t expect to have enough confidence to communicate firm dates in the near future.”

There is some good news, still. The next Battle Pass, although delayed by a few weeks, is still on the way this year. And like always TI 10’s prize pool will be funded by its sales.

Valve have also announced they are “working on restructuring the DPC season for the fall”. Although how they’re planning to shake things up is anyone’s guess right now. They’ve said they’ll be providing us with more information soon.

In the meantime, it looks like Dota 2 fans will just have to sit tight until 2021 to see who’ll take the aegis from two-time winners, OG.

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Eliana is a freelance editor & journalist from Australia with a passion for esports and video games. An avid player of video games for the better part of three decades, she began following professional esports circuits during the 2010s. She brings both a player and longtime fan perspective into her commentary on the professional scenes.