Valve confirms International 10 location and schedule
The International is the largest prize pool event in esports history. It will take place in Stockholm during the month of August for a massive $40 million prize pool.
Valve announced The International 2021 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 5-15 this year. As Dota 2 fans eagerly look forward to the annual event, the game developer has also launched The Supporters Club, a way for fans to support their favorite teams within the game.
When does The International 10 take place?
The International 10 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden with a $40,018,195 prize pool. The group stage is a four-day event that kicks off on August 5. The Main event starts on August 10 and only one team will remain after the Grand Finals on August 15. European Dota 2 Team OG has won the last two Internationals back-to-back, the first team in Dota 2 history to accomplish this feat.
Dota 2 players have already contributed upwards of $40 million towards The International Prize pool. 25% of all of last year's battle pass sales went towards The International prize pool. However, as the global pandemic wreaked havoc on International travel, Valve had to cancel the event.
Things have eased over the last few months, with International LAN events now a reality. The ONE Esports Singapore Major went by without a glitch, even though a few teams could not attend the Major due to some travel restrictions. Invictus Gaming won the first Dota 2 Major of the year nearly confirming its presence at The International 10.
How to attend The International?
Valve is yet to announce details about in-person attendance at The International. The game developer prioritizes player safety above all else and will assess the global situation before opening up the event to in-person audiences.
As we continue to plan the event around the shifting landscape presented by the ongoing global pandemic, our focus remains on finding ways to hold a high quality tournament in the safest way possible. This means we're waiting to release additional details on attendance options as we gather more information on developments heading into summer.
Valve is also yet to announce more details about the second Dota 2 Major that will take place in June. The Dota Pro Circuit Season 2 allows teams to qualify for the upcoming Major and also earn DPC points towards The International.
Besides The International, Valve has also announced The Supporters Club. It is a new way for Dota 2 fans to support their favorite teams. Valve has also revealed it will ship two events in the coming months. One will be before The International, while the second event will take place just after the $40 million event.
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