The biggest gaming competition of the year, the 35 million dollar Dota 2 championship is to be postponed. Just like many other large events. Valve decided that it is the best decision to delay The International 10 until the COVID-19 pandemic is sorted out. Which is likely that the Dota 2 International will take place in 2021
The International takes place in August of each year. This year, the 10th International Dota 2 championship cannot be organized to avoid large gatherings and to keep the Dota 2 community safe
Valve had this statement about the International 10
After extensive consideration of the global health emergency stemming from COVID-19, we have made the difficult choice to delay The International. We have been exploring various date possibilities, but it is likely that the event will need to happen in 2021. Given the highly volatile landscape for local gathering restrictions, virus trajectory, and global travel policies, we don’t expect to have enough confidence to communicate firm dates in the near future. In the meantime, we are working on restructuring the DPC season for the fall and will be providing more information as soon as we have it.
The 10th International prize pool will be funded by 25% of sales of the next Battle Pass, which we are planning to release soon instead of closer to the event itself. However, with our team working from home and things taking longer to complete, the release date of the Battle Pass will be at least a couple of weeks later than usual.
We hope everyone in the Dota community is staying as safe as possible, and look forward to a time when we can once again welcome everyone to enjoy the spectacle of The International.