Valve announces dates for The International 2020

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Save the dates and book your flights: Valve officially announced the dates for The International 2020. The tenth TI will take place from August 18th-23rd. A surprisingly early tweet on the Dota2 account followed the announcement of the last Major before TI. The Singapore Major by ONE Esports also got revealed only yesterday and will take place from June 20-28, 2020.

TI10 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in the Ericsson Globe. The venue can host up to 16,000 viewers and is shaped like a hemisphere – the largest in the world. It represents the sun in the Sweden Solar System, which is a visualisation of our solar system an includes several of its celestial bodies, spread all across Sweden.

A special celebration?

Fans have high expectations from the event, since it marks the tenth anniversary of The International. Many peoeple hope for a live performance by the Swedish DJ Basshunter, who is famous for his inofficial anthem of Dota. He also confirmed on Twitter earlier this year , that he is still actively playing the MOBA.

Valve's rival Riot Games celebrated the tenth anniversary of their game League of Legends already this year. The publisher spoiled its players with a firework of announcements. LoL will get an animated series, several new games in their cosmos and mobile versions of the game. Some voices in the Dota community expressed to have hopes for a similar extent of surprises by Valve.

The champions so far:

TI9 broke several records. With a prize pool over $34 million, it featured the biggest prize pool in the history of Dota. OG became the first team to win an International twice, and have even outdone this record by winning it back-to-back. All of their players lead the top lists of highest overall earnings in esports. Each year, the community exceeds the previous prize money by boosting it ever further, the TI10 awards could become even higher. Also, Henrik 'AdmiralBulldog' Ahnberg should not have any problems visiting TI this time.

What do you expect from TI10?

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