Valve has postponed its largest Dota 2 event, The International 10, to a later date, which will likely be in 2021. This year’s event, which was originally planned to take place in Stockholm, Sweden, will be postponed due to evolving concerns about Covid-19.
The International is known for having the biggest prize pool every year within the esports scenario and each year exceeding the earlier one. The International 2019 set a crowdfunded esports prize pool record by eclipsing the previous years’ record, finalizing at USD 34,3 million. The tournament was the most-watched Dota 2 event ever on the live-streaming platform Twitch, with a peak of over 1,1 million viewers during the grand finals.
Valve is already having discussions within the organisation and with outside partners, sponsors, and tournament organisers about restructuring the Dota Pro Circuit for fall. The developer also said the next Battle Pass, which will contribute 25 percent of The International’s prize pool, will not revolve around the tournament’s start date. Since developers are working from home, Valve says the Battle Pass release will be be at least a couple of weeks later than usual.