Chinese prominent esports figures revealed on Weibo that Valve was offered support from Perfect World and the Chinese government to host The International 10 in Shanghai this year in a similar bubble setup with Riot’s League of Legends Worlds.
TI 10 was originally set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden, this past August. It would have been the biggest esports event of the year and it would have marked the 10 years celebration of Valve’s premier annual Dota 2 tournament. However, the COVID-19 pandemic hindered all esports tournament organizers and Valve decided to postpone the event indefinitely.
“Once the extent of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear, we posted about our plans to delay The International and started pre-booking arenas for various alternative dates and countries around the world. We then began researching how to execute The International based on how different pandemic scenarios could play out, with the hope that we’d be able to host it as soon as possible,” Valve announced the Dota 2 community on the 4th of September, adding that “as we approached the middle of the summer, the volatility of the pandemic had grown significantly and we became very concerned about the impact it would have on future DPC events and The International.”
In the end, Valve estimated that The International 10 will take place next year, in August, in the same location.
“We are also operating under the assumption that the most likely outcome is for The International to happen in Stockholm in August 2021. While we have other countries as backups, we recognize that fans would be upset if we moved it to another location if the time savings weren’t meaningful enough,” said Valve in the aforementioned post from September.
A month after Valve laid down their prospects regarding the biggest Dota 2 tournament, ImbaTV co-founder, Zhou Lingxiang spoke about the plan Valve were presented with for hosting TI 10 in Shanghai.
According to him, Perfect World CEO Xiao Hong approached Valve in the spring of this year, around April-May with the proposal of bringing TI 10 to Shanghai once again. Valve were presented with a plan which included the full support or the local authorities, “however, they didn’t agree,” Zhou Lingxiang stated.
LGD Gaming CEO Pan “Ruru” Jie backed up ImbaTV co-founder’s words by posting the following on her Weibo page.” That’s right, the Shanghai government on the same level as LoL Worlds, but Valve declined the offer.”