One of the greatest esports tournaments on the planet is returning for 2021. Today, Valve reported that The International, the yearly Dota 2 championship, will return following a one-year hiatus brought about by the pandemic. The current year’s iteration will happen in Stockholm, with the group stage beginning on August fifth. The International is notable for its extreme, worldwide competition, yet in addition for being extraordinarily rewarding: the current year’s tournament will include a prize pool of $40 million.
Dota 2 will return with $40 million prize pool
While we realize that the tournament will be occurring, it’s not satisfactory yet whether fans will be in attendance. “As we keep on arranging the occasion around the moving landscape introduced by the progressing worldwide pandemic, our attention stays on discovering ways to hold an excellent tournament in the safest way conceivable,” Valve wrote in a blog entry. “This implies we’re holding on to release extra subtleties on attendance options as we accumulate more data on advancements heading into summer. We hope to have the option to impart more to the community during the long stretch of June.”
As a component of the declaration, Valve likewise presented another Dota 2 element called supporters clubs. Players can purchase in-game items like badges and loading screens, with 50% of sales going straightforwardly to their most loved esports group. The element will uphold 17 teams beginning today, with more expected to be added over the long run. “As more substance from different teams is submitted and approved, they will be added to this rundown routinely,” Valve said.
In 2020, the pandemic constrained most esports competitions across the world to move to online competition. In any case, this year, some in-person occasions have gradually begun to return. Mob is presently holding League of Legends and Valorant tournaments in Iceland, while the Overwatch League is wanting to hold various live matches in China.