COVID Has Disrupted This Year’s Dota 2’s The Internationals
Even if you are not a big fan of Dota 2, you probably would’ve heard of The Internationals before, one of the world’s largest esports tournament. While it was schedule to begin this 7th of October in Romania, there’s been some bad news, all thanks to COVID-19.
Dota 2 The Internationals 2021
Valve has revealed that the tournament will no longer be witnessed live in person as COVID-19 has impacted the preparation of the event. Ti10 will however proceed as normal, where it will start this coming 7th of October 2021.
Here’s what they had to say on the matter:
We have been carefully evaluating the continued rise of COVID rates in Romania, as well as the resulting introduction of new local restrictions in Bucharest. To ensure the safety of all players, talent, and production staff participating in the event, we have decided to refund all ticket sales for The International 2021.
As you can see from the statements, those who’ve purchased tickets to catch the event will be refunded. Romania recently recorded 12,032 of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and the local government has decided to implement new restrictions to negate it from rising.
This year’s The International has a prize pool of more than $40 million, one of the biggest in the esports world. For more on the latest tech and gaming news plus reviews, stay tuned to Pokde.net.
Pokdepinion: I don’t think that it’s a good idea to host a global event like this just yet. You got people from across the globe wanting to attend at a single place, that just smells like a recipe for disaster with the pandemic still a thing after nearly two years.