The International 10: Rescheduled for October 7th; Bucharest, Romania


The International 10 (TI10) is the 10th installment of a series of competitive gaming for Dota 2, one of the biggest eSports tournaments held annually since 2011. For the first time in ten years, The International will once again be held in Europe. Most of the previous venues were in Seattle, Washington however, this time will be different.

The International 10, was originally scheduled for August 18th to 23rd, 2020 of last year, in Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, however, due to Covid-19, the tournament was pushed back to this year, August of 2021. The host of The International and creator of the game, Valve announced the event will take place from August 5th to 15th, 2021. However once again the event was pushed back, due to the inability to find a host stadium. Fortunately, as of today, the event was rescheduled for October 7 – 17, 2021 at Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania.

16 teams qualify, half of them will be their first TI tournament. Twelve teams qualify through the Dota 2 pro circuit, and six teams are regional qualifiers from each continent. Among the repeat offenders include PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, Evil Geniuses, and Fnatic, all with reputable backgrounds in the eSports community.

There will be 80 gamers from all over the world coming to compete in this large venue. China will have the most country representation with 21% of the players hailing from that region. Followed by Peru with 10 players or 13% of competitors coming from their home to play.

The international is known for having the biggest prize pool of winning in the eSports world. Since 2013 the tournament has been crowdfunded. TI 10 has already surpassed TI9 (2019) in terms of the prize pool. TI 10’s staggering 40,018,195 prize pool (and counting) is already 6 million more than 2019’s prize pool. Although it cannot be made up for last year’s cancelation, it is safe to say this year’s tournament will not disappoint.

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