The Shanghai government supported the idea of hosting The International 2020 in the city in the spring, but Valve declined the proposal. The owner/CEO of LGD Gaming Pan Ruru Jie told about this.
Ruru said that “the Shanghai government was willing to support The International 2020 at the same level as the 2020 League of Legends World Championship .” Co-owner of ImbaTV joined her words. He said that in April and May, the Perfect World CEO sent Valve a request to hold TI10 in Shanghai this year, and the city government agreed to support the idea, but the Dota 2 developers refused. We can see the success of the League of Legends Championship this year. As fans and players of the game, the question is clear. Why would Valve reject a good proposal?
It makes sense though to not rush headfirst into making a decision as well. At the time, International travel scenario was fickle. The Battle Pass Compendium that becomes the prize pool of TI was also not released. But knowing that TI10 was possible this year leaves a mark on the judgement of Valve.
The tenth The International was supposed to take place in Stockholm, but the championship was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Valve plans to host the main Dota 2 tournament of the year in August 2021 in Stockholm. The prize fund of the competition exceeded $40 million.
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