Two weeks after confirming that Dota 2’s The International 10 would no longer be held in Stockholm, Sweden, Valve has found a new home for the biggest event in esports: Bucharest, Romania.
Now, the best teams in Dota will take the stage in Romania’s largest stadium, the Arena Nationala, between the 7th and the 17th of October.
The Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania, is the largest stadium in the capital city, with a capacity of 55,000 seats. Although all nations are still under multiple restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, the Arena Nationala has hosted a couple of Euro 2020 games earlier this month and has welcomed live audiences from all over the world at a 50% of the total capacity.
“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 said. “Prepare yourselves. At long last, the battle begins.”
The regional qualifiers for the remaining six spots at TI10 have almost concluded. Those squads will then have an additional two months to prepare for a USD 40 million battle on Dota’s biggest stage.