Bad News For Dota 2 Fans: TI10 Will Not Take Place In Sweden
We have some very bad news for Dota 2 fans: TI10 is no longer scheduled to take place in Stockholm, Sweden. We knew this was an option after Valve made that worrying announcement a couple of days ago, but we still hoped that some sort of compromise would be found. In the end, it simply wasn’t meant to be.
Despite seeming like a “done deal,” esports wasn’t accepted in the Swedish Sports Federation. This one decision triggered a most unfavorable domino effect. Valve even asked the Swedish Minister of Interior to reclassify The International as an elite sporting event, but to no avail. This means that anyone attempting to obtain a visa for travel into Sweden for TI10 would be denied. This lack of official recognition means that organizing such a layered, international event would be next to impossible.
As a result, TI10 will no longer be held in Stockholm, Sweden come August. Quite a depressing bit of news, no doubt.
So… What Now?
The folks over at Valve are currently going over their options and will try to find a locale worthy of The International as quickly as possible. That’s the good news — they’re focused on delivering a TI unlike any other. The bad news, though, is that the odds of TI10 happening in August are extremely slim if not non-existent. Where this oh-so-spectacular tournament will eventually take place is anyone’s guess at this point, but it’ll surely happen on European soil. Where exactly, though, still remains to be seen.
Valve still don’t have anything concrete to announce, but will do so as soon as they are able. In the interim, The International Qualifiers will go on as planned. There are six TI10 spots on the line, and all of the teams that have yet to qualify have about forty million reasons to try their hardest!
We’re expecting Valve to release another official update in a matter of weeks if not days, so stay tuned! We hope they’ll manage to salvage this whole thing as we’re all itching for a bit of top-tier Dota 2!