Dota 2’s The International gets new dates after Sweden says no to esports

Dota 2‘s regular annual championship series, The International, was scheduled to run in 2020 but was delayed due to COVID. Then, the event was set to run in August 2021, until Swedish officials decided that esports could not be classified as ‘elite sporting events’ – meaning players and staff couldn’t couldn’t get visas. Now, The International 10 finally has a new location, and will run this autumn in Bucharest.

TI10 is officially scheduled to kick off on October 7 at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania. Group stage play continues through October 10. Main stage play will begin on October 12, and the finals will take place on October 17, with the top teams looking to take home a chunk of a $40 million prize pool.

“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,” Valve says in the announcement.

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