The International 10 is confirmed to take place this August in Stockholm, Sweden. Valve made the announcement on its website and Twitter. This update also brings a new way for Dota players to support their favorite teams with Supporters Clubs.
The International 10
After a year of uncertainty and delays, Valve has announced that The International 10 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden in August 2021. A detailed schedule for TI is yet to be confirmed, but the Group Stage will be from August 5-8, while the Main Stage Event will commence on August 10, with the Grand Finals wrapping up by August 15.
Valve’s concern right now is to ensure utmost safety in organizing TI in August while ensuring the best production quality. “This means we’re waiting to release additional details on attendance options as we gather more information on developments heading into summer,” Valve said on its website.
We will get more details about attending The International in June 2021.
The Supporters Clubs
Valve announced the arrival of team-specific cosmetics back in January to let fans directly support their favorite teams. Dota 2 fans can now do it via in-game purchases of badge bundles and seasonal equippables. Players can show off their team’s badges in multiple places, including in the Steam friends list, player profiles, the versus screen and the in-game scoreboard. This year’s in-game events won’t contribute toward The International’s already massive $40,018,195 prize pool.
The Supporters Clubs content will be available for purchase until the start of The International 10. There are three tiers — called Clubs — with goodies inside. Bronze Club has the team’s badges, Silver Club has additional sprays and emoticons, and Gold Club has loading screens, voice lines and a unique in-game HP bar badge in addition to all the rewards from the previous tiers.
Fifty percent of all proceeds from Supporters Clubs purchases will go directly to the teams you choose to support. This marks the revival of Valve publishing in-game content in collaboration with teams and players.
Since the in-game content is dependent on what the respective teams submit and what quality Valve approves, saying “teams that aren’t able to submit high-tier content might be added as well without Silver Club and/or Gold Club enabled.”
As of this announcement, there are 17 teams available in the Supporters Clubs.
Upcoming Updates & Events
Valve will continue experimenting with its content release schedule. “We’ve experimented with this style for Diretide, the New Player Update, and our continued seasonal Dota Plus updates,” Valve said adding, “(we) aim to deliver content on a more regular schedule throughout the year rather than drop everything during one period for the traditional Battle Pass,” Valve said.
Fans can expect two separate in-game events rather than one big summer event as has been the case in the past. As stated earlier, these events will not fund the upcoming The International 10.
The first event will ship in June 2021, while the second will come “sometime after The International,” which can honestly mean anything considering Valve Time is a thing. Though, it’d be remiss to not mention that Valve has been stepping it up with its communication and commitment to the community recently.
After IG won the Singapore Major, the first Major of the DPC 2021, things are looking hot for Season 2 as Upper Division matches continue till May 23, 2021, while the second Major will start on June 2, 2021. You can catch the regional matches on the following links:
You can read the official blog post here.