Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valve have been extremely silent with regards to both the Dota 2 Pro Circuit and The International – but finally they have spoken out to take responsibility for their failures.
Players, casters and the general Dota 2 community have been extremely disappointed with Valve in recent times after the Developer and Publisher has completely avoided giving any information pertaining to the game’s professional scene. With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, it was clear that the DPC would have to be put on hold as global travel restrictions were put in place and teams were limited to regional events. However, these regional events came from other tournament organisers such as ESL, WePlay! Esports and Dota PIT, while Valve remained completely silent – frustrating the Dota 2 community at large. However, finally they have decided to give us a long explanation dealing with the past few months and things moving forward.
The post begins by acknowledging that the state of the DPC is in disarray and then goes on to deal with Spring of this year, which is when the pandemic begun to run amuck in the competitive gaming scene. Valve goes into this topic by stating that they had begun to make alternate arrangements for TI right off the bat, including ways in which they could still host the prestigious event that would bypass the pandemic situation.
Since the spring DPC events could no longer operate anymore, we started reaching out to the organizers to see what they wanted to do going forward. Some of those organizers shared their desires to run third party events to cover the period from March through the end of the summer.”
As we have seen, there have been multiple events throughout the last few months, all on a regional level, with international tournaments being completely out of the question. With spring ending some time ago and now summer having passed too, Valve’s post moved on to discuss their actions in this period of time.
The potential for the DPC season and its narrative feeling too detached from the path towards The International was negative for us. Doing that would also necessitate a DPC point decay system, which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, but having to abruptly introduce decay mid season if the landscape changes has some additional downsides.”
Moving Forward was the final part of the post which was to touch on the DPC and this is where the bad news came in – with Valve giving a possible startup date for things. First and foremost, it should be stated that Valve have admitted to having a large number of regional tournaments in the coming months with at least four in the EU/CIS region and three for China – while others have yet to be confirmed for the interim.
Another piece of feedback we got from players as well as fans was wanting more clarity in what we were thinking were the likely dates for DPC and TI to resume. Our outlook right now is that we are anticipating the start of DPC to be in the first month or two of 2021.”
But it seems as though it is unlikely that we will see any DPC action for the remainder of 2020, as Valve have stated that 2021 is possibly the earliest date at which things will resume. This also means that The International 10 is going to only occur next year, with Valve admitting that the possible outcome will be a Stockholm TI in August 2021.
The entire post from Valve closes with a look at both DotaTV and streaming which has been something that has been looked at by them in the past. This seems to deal with tournament organisers allowing for the Dota 2 community to cast and commentate on event matches and how this should be dealt with moving forward. You can find the full post from Valve on the Dota 2 Blog here.
For now we remain anxious to see what is to happen moving forward, although we are unlikely to see the DPC or TI10 this year. At least we have finally heard from Valve what their plans are and how they intend to appease the Dota 2 community at large in the coming months as we still suffer under the global pandemic constraints.