Despite continuous reassurements over the course of the last year that The International qualified for the same exemptions other elite sporting events there received, Valve was informed just two weeks ago that esports won't be accepted into the sports federation due to a vote by the Swedish Sports Federation.
This means that "anyone attempting to procure a visa for travel into Sweden for TI10 (including players, talent, and staff) would be denied. The absence of this official recognition also means individual border agents would be making decisions about entry for those traveling to the event from countries outside the EU who do not typically need a visa to enter Sweden," Valve outlined in their statement.
An Important Update on TI10: The International - Dota 2 Championships in Swedenhttps://t.co/lTg7JfWreZ— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) June 21, 2021
The company tried to appeal the decision by approaching the Swedish government, but hasn't been successful so far. "As a result, and in light of the current political situation in Sweden, we have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International - Dota 2 Championships as planned."
Valve is confident they'll be able to find a solution so The International 10 can take place in Europe this year while still being safe for everyone involved. Fans should expect an updated plan "in the very near future."
The Regional Qualifiers determining the last six participants are still set to start on June 23. Fans should also look forward to the all-new summer event Nemestice which will release later this week.
In happier news ... later this week. #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/B7GAl4wujh— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) June 22, 2021
Where should The International 10 take place after the recent developments?
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