This year, The International 10, which is the Dota 2 world championship, was due to be hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. However, Valve ran into some Covid-19 issues, and could not get the event registered as an elite sporting event. This meant that some of the competitors from around the world would not have been allowed access to the country, which really takes the whole point out of the thing.
Valve has now confirmed that this year, The International 10 will be taking place in Romania, in the 55 000+ seater Arena Nationala in Bucharest. That’s the biggest stadium in the country, no less.
“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.”dota2.com
While the European roll out of vaccines is much more successful than our local attempt, I am sure we are going to see strict protocols in place for physical attendees.
Group Stage will run from 7 – 10 October 2021. Main stage play then begins on October 12, lasting all the way to October 17 when we will see the final battle for the currently in excess of USD $40 million prize pool.