For nearly a decade now, August meant it was time for another The International, the biggest Dota 2 esports tournament in the world. This year's iconic, annual tournament, for the first time, had to be delayed by Valve. Now, the developer has given Dota 2 fans a small update regarding The International 10.
The International 10: A message to Dota 2 fans
Before the end of August, we were supposed to see a new Dota 2 world champion crowned in Sweden. Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Valve had to delay The International 10, with no specific new date.
Valve still isn't ready to share a new date for The International 10. At this point, it looks very likely the tournament will take place sometime next year. There's also the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) to consider, and how teams would even go about qualifying for The International 10.
On Twitter, Valve gave a small update on developments: "In following how the pandemic has been developing globally, the recent increase in the unpredictability of COVID-19 means we can’t yet commit to new dates for TI10 and the DPC.
"We share your eagerness in returning to these events, and will announce updates as soon as we can."
For Dota 2 esports fans, this definitely isn't great news. However, it is expected, as the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing.
To warm the hearts of fans, Valve shared some of the best moments of this annual, iconic tournament.
For the past nine years, August has been a time of excitement for the entire Dota2 community.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) August 25, 2020
During the next six days, let's remember some of its best moments together. #TIMomentspic.twitter.com/Bi1JB6tG60
The video above should give most Dota 2 esports fans nerd chills, as it features the past nine years of tournaments, each making esports history.
When The International 10 does happen, it will without a doubt be the biggest tournament in esports history in terms of prize pool.
At the time of writing, the prize pool funded by the Battle Pass is only $100,000 away from breaking last year's record of $34.3 million, and making esports history once again.