Valve Still Don’t Have Dates for The International 10

Valve Still Don’t Have Dates for The International 10

Valve Still Don’t Have Dates for The International 10

For the last nine years the second half of August has been the time for one of the biggest esports events, The International. This year, however, everything is changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – amidst travel restrictions and health concerns most video games tournaments are now being held online. Meanwhile The International 10 was postponed indefinitely – and tonight Valve announced that they are still not ready to announce dates for neither TI10 nor Dota Pro Circuit.

The statement posted on the official Dota 2 page on Twitter reads: “In following how the pandemic has been developing globally, the recent increase in the unpredictability of COVID-19 means we can’t yet commit to new dates for TI10 and the DPC. We share your eagerness in returning to these events, and will announce updates as soon as we can.”

Dota 2 is not the only esports title of Valve, who also run another iconic game – CS:GO. The company has always been operating the two scenes quite differently – now, however, the contrast is especially sharp. While The International 10 is indefinitely postponed and Dota Pro Circuit was put on hold, in CS:GO we have a set date for the next major and a clear circuit leading to it in the form of the online RMR-events. ESL One: Rio 2020 was initially scheduled to be played in May, however was postponed to November, replacing the fall major and doubling its prize pool to $2,000,000. Brazil is however one of the leaders in the confirmed COVID-19 cases and there are already rumors that the major will not be held in the country.

Interestingly enough League of Legends, Dota 2’s direct competitor, is set to have its World Championship taking place offline despite the pandemic – RIOT Games seem determined to held the tournament in China from September to October. Despite the initial plans of having multiple venues in different Chinese cities, the event will now be held in the same place in Shanghai with strict safety rules, medical observation and a professional disinfection team.