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Dota 2: The International 10 might not be held in Sweden

Published: 11:01, 23 June 2021
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Valve announced they ran into some issues with hosting The International 10 and that Dota 2's biggest tournament of the year might be held elsewhere.

Valve announced that Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm were reassuring the company that The International 10 would qualify for the same exemptions other elite sporting events which would allow Dota 2's biggest esport event to be held without interruptions. 

It was not meant to be, however, as Swedish Sports Federation decided esports wouldn't be accepted in the sports federation. Valve tried additional ways to push TI10 through, such as reclassifying it as an elite sporting event. This didn't work either as the request was denied immediately, according to Valve's blog post .

The main bad consequence for the event would be that the staff and players from participating organisations would be denied visa or could be denied entry even if they are from countries that don't require visa.

As a result, the company started looking into other ways to hold the event, such as hosting it somewhere else in Europe but they are still open to holding TI10 in Sweden, should the government approve necessary classification changes.

TI qualifiers will happen as scheduled, starting on June 23, 2021, and it remains to be seen where the in-person main event will be held eventually.

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