Dota 2’s The International coming to Singapore this October


By Tan Lee

Singapore to be the first country in South-East Asia to host The International in its 11-year history. — Valve Corporation

After a long wait, Valve Corporation finally confirmed that Dota 2’s annual tournament, The International, will be taking place in Singapore this October.

Singapore will be the first country in South-East Asia to hold the annual championship in 11 years of the championship – back in 2019, China became the first Asian host of the event when TI9 was held in Shanghai.

The much awaited announcement came after Valve teased the location with a series of tweets featuring notable landmarks in Singapore such as the Marina Bay Sands hotel and Merlion Park.

Valve teased the venue on Twitter with a series of tweets featuring notable landmarks in Singapore. — Screenshot from TwitterValve teased the venue on Twitter with a series of tweets featuring notable landmarks in Singapore. — Screenshot from Twitter

Previously, the 2020 championship was postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19. The initial plan for TI10 to make its debut in Sweden was cancelled due to complications with the local authorities.

TI10 eventually went ahead in Bucharest, Romania with no audiences after Valve cancelled ticket sales citing health and safety concerns.

The prize pool for this year’s championship is still unknown but The International is well-known for its generous prizes – crowdfunding campaigns for fans of Dota 2 are set up specifically for the tournament.

While fan speculation suggested that the games will be held at Indoor Stadium and Suntec Arena in Singapore, the exact date and venue has yet to be announced.

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