Valve made an open call in February 2020 to all the cities around the world who want to apply for hosting the Dota 2 greatest annual tournament, The International.
In the initial letter, the Dota 2 developer was announcing TI 11 to take place in the Summer of 2021, however, in a reply issued to the Belarusian Federation of Esports yesterday, Valve mentioned a change in schedule.
All cities had time until March 31, 2020, to apply for hosting TI 11. The Belarusian Federation of Esports applied along with the capital city of Belarus, Minks to host the biggest Dota event and yesterday, July 13, they shared the official replay received from Valve via email.
Extract from the Valve email:
“As we are all well aware the Covid-19 pandemic has forced several adjustments for events worldwide and TI is no different. Valve has postponed The International 2020 in Stockholm. We will be following up with communications in the coming months with your team directly as to what the target dates of the event will be for 2022.
Thank you for your participation,
The Valve Team”
Considering that Valve takes into consideration to push TI 11 a year later, this might very well mean that Dota 2 fans should expect TI 10 to also be postponed by a year and be hosted in 2021 instead of 2020.
The International 10 should have taken place at Ericsson Globe arena from Stockholm, Sweden this summer, August 18-23. Although the event is postponed to an indefinite date, the annual Battle Pass, which serves as a crowdfunding tool for the tournament, was released as planned and The International 10 prize pool has already reached the $28 million dollars mark courtesy of the community contributions.