The International 10 to be Held in Bucharest, Romania
As the old saying goes: where there’s a will, there’s a way! After failing to come to terms with the Swedish Sports Federation, Valve has decided to move The International 10 to Bucharest, Romania! It might not be as “exotic” a place as Stockholm, but it’ll do! Moreover, the whole MOBA genre is insanely popular in the Balkans, so it’s definitely an appropriate setting — one that is packed with millions of hardcore fans!
As for the venue, Valve has chosen the Arena Națională, a retractable roof football stadium with a capacity of 55,634. Appropriately grandiose!
The only “negative” is that the whole tournament will be pushed back to October. Still, better “late” than never! Group Stage play will run from October 7—10, with the Main Stage kicking off on October 12. Five days laters, two of the best Dota 2 teams in the world will face off for the Aegis and a big slice of that record-breaking $40 million prize pool! The winner gets to take half, so you can bet everyone’s going to play their hearts out — we’re talking life-changing money here!
“We are grateful for the partnership we have formed with Romania and the city of Bucharest, and very much look forward to gathering with the global Dota 2 community, both in-person and virtually, to celebrate the elite players and amazing fandom at The International. Prepare yourselves. At long last, the battle begins,” Valve said in an official statement.
Will There Be a Live Audience?
Additional information on ticket sales will come shortly. It’s still unclear how many fans will be able to attend, though. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been subdued a fair bit over in Romania, but a lot can change in a couple of months’ time.
We simply don’t know how the pandemic will further develop, especially given the many novel strands that are currently circulating. We hope fans will be able to enjoy The International 10 in Romania come October, but we’re not so sure whether that’ll actually be possible given the current state of the world. Fingers crossed!