Valve has announced the location for the next Dota 2 The International 2020 which is going to be the 10th Dota International.
Valve has chosen Stockholm, Sweden as their location and their announcement video features the Mayor of Stockholm talking about how excited the city is and how they’re happy to be a part of such a historic event as The International hits 10 years.
The last time a TI was held in Europe was the first TI tournament which was held in Cologne and Navi were the winners of that tournament over 9 years ago.
Dates for The International 2020 will be revealed at a later date.
DotA 2 continues to dominate the esports scene as the Dota 2 TI9’s prize pool crosses $30 Million USD.
The crowdfunded TI9 prize pool crossed last year’s prize pool of $25 Million USD at the start of July and now, less than 22 days later it has become the highest prize pool for an esports event.
Before the TI9, the Fortnite World Cup which is set to take place on the 26th July had the largest prize pool at $30 Million US Dollars. With about 30 days still left for the crowdfunding, the TI9 prize pool might go even higher and cement itself as the biggest esports game.
Dota 2, a free-to-play MOBA that spawned into existence as a mode now has the highest prize pool in esports history.
Every year at the end of the DotA Pro Circuit(DPC), the conclusion tournament known as “The International” is held. The prize pool for this is funded by the items and Battlepasses that players purchase as a certain percentage of each purchase adds to the prize pool.
This year, The Internation 9 will take place in Shanghai and its prize pool has crossed $25 Million as it sits at $25,652,224. It is currently $6,172,768 ahead of the prize pool from last year.
In comparison, League of Legends’ prize pool was $6.4 million and Valve’s own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s largest prize pool ever was $1.5 million.
The International 9 starts on August 15th with the Group Stages while the qualifiers start from 3rd July.