TI10 STARTS TO RELOCATE AFTER SWEDEN SNUB
The International 10 (TI10) will possibly be moved to a different location after the Swedish government refused to recognize Dota 2 as an elite sporting event.
Dota 2 on Tuesday announced on its website that it has been in talks with the organizers of TI10 since 2019. The tournament was initially scheduled for August 2020 but was postponed due to the global pandemic.
It added that it has even reached out to Sweden’s Minister of the Interior and Swedish Esports federation but to no avail.
“With the Minister of the Interior failing to recognize The International – Dota 2 Championships as an elite sporting event, anyone attempting to procure a visa for travel into Sweden for TI10 (including players, talent, and staff) would be denied,” Dota 2 said on its website.
“We filed an appeal directly with the Swedish government on June 9, but they were unable to provide assistance. On June 14 we followed up asking them to reconsider, and they have so far been unable to offer a resolution. As a result, and in light of the current political situation in Sweden, we have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International – Dota 2 Championships as planned,” it added.
Meanwhile, Dota 2 said that it will find a way to host TI10 this year, and the qualifiers for the $40 million tournament will proceed as scheduled. The tournament is planned to be held in August.