The saga continues for the major upcoming Dota 2 tournament TI10: The International, with it now switching countries due to Sweden not accepting it.
Delayed a while now thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Valve had been working closely with Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm who seemed to repeatedly assure Valve it would qualify and get the same exemptions as "other elite sporting events there received". Sadly, that's not been the case.
In a blog post, Valve's Dota 2 team noted that two weeks ago the Swedish Sports Federation voted against allowing e-sports into the sports federation. Valve had meetings, and spoke to the Swedish Minister of the Interior to get it reclassified which was "immediately denied". Valve also appealed directly to the Swedish government who claimed they couldn't help with it.
Valve say they remain committed to hosting the event this year and so they've started looking for alternate locations across Europe to host the event in case Sweden continues to deny them and they will "announce an updated plan in the very near future".
The good news is that qualifiers will still go ahead starting June 23 and the Dota 2 summer event Nemestice will also arrive "later this week".
So it's going to be another while before probably the biggest event in e-sport history actually goes ahead. What makes it the biggest? The insane prize-pool on offer of around $40,018,195 which is the largest for any event in history for e-sports. This just continues the argument of if e-sports are "real sports" which it appears Sweden doesn't think so.
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