The International 10 has been delayed by a month and will now be held in Bucharest, Romania. The announcement comes two weeks after Valve announced that Dota and esports’ biggest tournament won’t be held in Stockholm, Sweden this year.
TI 10 has also been pushed back by a month to accommodate the venue change for players, fans and the organizers. The Group Stage will now run from October 7-10, 2021, while the Main Stage games start on October 12. Two teams will be vying for the Aegis of the Champions on October 17 in Romania’s largest stadium— the Arena Nationala.
This change of location comes after the Swedish government and the Swedish Sports Federation refused to host the tournament. Being denied the necessary permissions and status to hold a physical event, Valve confirmed in June that The International 10 won’t be held in Sweden and that they had been “…looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event”.
Valve will be releasing the ticketing information for TI 10 as soon as they are able to.
“We are grateful for the partnership we have formed with Romania and the city of Bucharest,” Valve said in a press release. “[We] 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.”
With the Regional Open Qualifiers coming to an end this week, we will finally have the remaining six of 18 Dota 2 teams that will be vying for The International 10’s $40 million prize pool.