Valve won’t have anything to do with TI10 qualifier broadcasts

By Steven Rondina

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Jun 26, 2021

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The International 2021’s unknown date and location aren’t the only problems with the event right now.

A number of personalities in and around the Dota 2 esports scene have confirmed that Valve is effectively playing no part in broadcasting the qualifiers for The International 2021 and is not actively partnered with any of the Dota 2 personalities or institutions that are broadcasting the event. This comes after Valve made nearly $120 million off the TI10 Battle Pass.

Robb “Robnroll” Blakeman, a Valorant and Dota 2 caster who is working the South American and CIS qualifiers for Beyond the Summit, discussed the topic on Twitter:

The news was corroborated by others within the scene who discussed systemic issues with Valve’s handling of casting for Dota 2 events. It also spawned questions regarding Valve’s commitment to Dota 2 esports as a whole and whether the company is looking to pivot away from it entirely.

This comes after TI10 was forced out of Stockholm. Valve blamed its local partners for the event, but the Swedish Esports Federation later said that the event didn’t necessarily have to be moved. TI10’s date and location is currently uncertain.

How to watch TI10 qualifiers

With Valve not taking part in the event’s broadcast, Beyond the Summit is set to broadcast the entirety of the qualifiers to The International 2021. As of this writing, the CIS and South American qualifiers are both underway with the two regions set to decide their winners on Saturday.

The North American and Southeast Asian qualifiers will begin on June 30, followed by Europe and China on July 7. Other independent casters will be casting the qualifiers as well.

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