The International 2020 has been officially postponed by Valve due to the ongoing global situation.
The 10th edition of The International won’t be taking place next August in Stockholm, Sweden. According to the developer, the event is most likely being pushed to 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,” Valve wrote.
The International joins the growing list of events affected by the pandemic. Earlier this month, Riot Games canceled League of Legends’ 2020 Mid-Season Invitational and is hoping to be able to host the 2020 LoL World Championship by the end of year. ESL rescheduled the ESL One Rio Major from May to November. The Overwatch League canceled all homestands events for the remainder of the year and there’s no word about the Overwatch World Cup and Blizzcon
Even though TI10 is out of the equation for now, that isn’t stopping the Dota 2 pro scene or the TI10 battle pass
Valve is focusing on the Dota Pro Circuit and is making changes with an eye toward restarting things this fall. It’s wholly unclear how Valve will approach the established Dota Pro Circuit rankings and what form these events may take. There is a strong likelihood that Valve will quickly transition to the online regional leagues that were previously announced to replace the current DPC season.
Fans can expect more announcements about the DPC soon.
Though TI10 won’t be happening anytime soon, Valve isn’t changing its plans for the TI10 Battle Pass all that much. Valve stated that while the titular event is being shoved back several months, the TI10 Battle Pass will be coming well in advance of the event. Because of the ongoing situation, the team behind the TI10 Battle Pass is working remotely, which has slowed down the process. Either way, it’s getting done so fans can at least look forward to that. As expected, 25% of the sales of the TI10 Battle Pass will fund the event’s prize pool.