Valve announced that the biggest e-sports tournament, The International 10, will be held in Bucharest, Romania. It’ll be at the Arena Nationala, which is Romania’s biggest stadium that has 55,634 seats.
It was initially reported that TI10 would take place at Stockholm, Sweden but due to some issues, the venue had to change.
According to the statement, the Swedish Sports Federation voted not to accept e-sports into its federation. Additionally, they said that Valve’s game was denied classification as an elite sporting event. This meant that Visa applications for the players outside EU would not be approved.
The dates of the tournament has moved from August 5 to October 7. The group stages will run from October 7 until 10 while the Main Stage games on October 12 and leading up to the Finals on October 17.
Moreover, this year’s prize pool, funded by the sales of The International Battle Pass, stands in for more than $40 million.
After a year without The International tournament, it’s definitely a refreshing moment to see the best of the best competing at their highest levels at this year’s tournament.
Here are the teams that are qualified so far:
FNatic, Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, Virtus.pro, Quincy Crew, Invictus Gaming, T1, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, Team Aster, Alliance, beastcoast, Thunder Predator, Undying, SG e-sports and Team Spirit.
Moreover, there are still two more teams that are fighting their way to qualify for TI10. One from the Western Europe Qualifier and the other at the China Qualifier.
It will definitely be interesting in both qualifiers as there are still really good teams competing for a shot.
Will the back-to-back defending champions, OG, be back to carry the Aegis once more?
Can kuRoky and his band of brothers at Team Nigma (formerly Team Liquid) be back once more to familiar grounds.
Will the former LGD players, fy and Somnus be back to get revenge on the title they’ve nearly secured?
Stay tuned for more Dota 2 updates.