Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we didn't see The International 10 take place in 2020. The tournament is, of course, the biggest Dota 2 esports event of the year, and breaks the esports prize pool record annually. With the Dota Pro Circuit still raging on to determine which teams will make it to The International 10, Valve has now finally revealed the exact dates for the iconic tournament. Further, Valve has mentioned they do plan to release a couple of in-game events, and even provided a rough timeline.
The International 10 dates
Mark your calendars for 5th August 2021, when The International 10 will start with its group stage in Stockholm, Sweden. The tournament will effectively run for 10 days, ending on 15th August 2021 with the Grand Finals.
In a new blog post, Valve explains: "It all starts with Group Stage, running August 5 - 8 and setting the field for what's to come. The Main Event kicks off August 10 and continues through August 15, when the final teams battle in the Grand Finals to be crowned TI10 champions – and claim their share of the $40,018,195 prize pool that awaits."
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Yes, in case you didn't see the news last year, The International 10, thanks to Battle Pass and related purchases, has a prize pool of $40,018,195 USD, which is by far the largest in esports history.
With the dates for The International 10 now set, we will see one team lift the Aegis of Champions on 15th August 2021, and win the lion's share of this record-breaking prize pool.
New Dota 2 events announced
Valve has announced there will be two new Dota 2 events taking place. While the developer didn't say exactly what these events will be about or even provide an exact release date, we do have a good idea of when we can see some new Dota 2 events begin.
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Valve explains: "To start, we'll be shipping two separate events over the coming months instead of one overarching summer event. The first will arrive in mid-to-late June, and another will follow sometime after The International ends."
This announcement about new Dota 2 events at least gives us an idea of when we can expect them to release, the earliest one in "mid-to-late June".
These events will not contribute to the prize pool of The International. However, there's also a Supporters Club which has been announced by Valve, for the fans who want to support players and organizations.
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