In a string of shocking news reports, Valve confirmed that their long-awaited Dota 2, The International 10, which was due to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, is being relocated due to complications.
With the top 12 teams in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC) rankings confirmed as direct invites to the upcoming international and regional qualifiers starting tomorrow for the remaining 6 spots, big news like this is sure to rock the Dota 2 community to the core .
Due to the global pandemic last year, The International 10 has been canceled until further notice. But this year Valve has finally confirmed that The International 10 will take place, and the final arena for all 18 teams to test their might will be in Stockholm, Sweden.
However, Valve confirmed today that, according to the Swedish Sports Federation, it had just voted not to include eSports in the sports association.
How does this affect the Dota 2 community?
Be it a die-hard Dota 2 player or just someone who loves to play the game and wants to have some casual time, The International 10 is the event nobody wants to miss. It’s the crown jewel in the Dota 2 esports monarchy. With millions of dollars and the title of TI Winner, all qualifying teams are doing their best to win this important tournament.
Every year after a TI is completed, Valve announces when and where the next TI will be hosted. And following this trend, Stockholm has been announced as the next destination for the hosting of TI 10.
With just one day left before the regional qualifiers began, Valve dropped massive news that The International 10, if not resolved quickly enough, could be canceled entirely.
In their own testimony, both Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm Valve assured last year that The International 10, like any other elite sporting event hosted there, will receive the same benefits and status as an esports event.
Two weeks ago, however, the Swedish Sports Association unanimously decided not to include eSports in the sports association, which cripples any chances of hosting Dota 2 The International 10.
Regarding their only option, Valve stated:
At subsequent (and immediate) meetings with the Swedish Esports Federation (SESF) and Visit Stockholm, we found that our only remaining option was to ask the Swedish Interior Minister to reclassify the International – Dota 2 championships as a top sporting event. Our application was immediately denied.
Since the Home Secretary does not recognize the International – Dota 2 Championships as an elite sporting event, anyone attempting to obtain a visa to enter Sweden for TI10 (including players, talent and staff) would be denied. The lack of this official recognition also means that individual border guards would make the entry decisions for those traveling to the event from countries outside the EU who normally do not need a visa to enter Sweden.
Sad as the news is, it doesn’t mean Dota 2 The International 10 isn’t hosted. Valve assures the Dota 2 community of its commitment to making The International 10. According to Ventil
We appealed directly to the Swedish government on June 9th, but they were unable to provide any assistance. On June 14th we asked them to reconsider and they have not yet been able to offer a solution. As a result, and given the current political situation in Sweden, we have started looking for possible alternatives in other parts of Europe to host the event this year in case the Swedish government cannot hold the International – Dota 2 championships as planned. We are confident that in both cases we will have a solution that will allow us to hold TI10 in Europe this year and that we can announce an updated plan shortly.
As a final note, Valve also shared some happy news when they announced that “the brand new summer event, Nemestice, will arrive” later that week.