Valve wants cities to bid to host Dota 2’s The International in 2021

Dota 2 The International trophy at TI9

The location for the 11th edition of Dota 2’s The International is up for grabs. Valve is seeking proposals from cities all around the world to host the annual tournament in the summer of 2021.

Since being held in Cologne, Germany in August 2011, the annual Dota 2 event has quickly become one of biggest esports tournaments in the world, breaking a number of records for the biggest prize pool in esports history. This year’s tournament, TI10, will be held in Stockholm, Sweden in August, but we don’t know much more than that at the moment.

Last week, Valve released a new trailer for The International, featuring some of the best bits from the last nine years of competition, and given it’s linked to in this recent release (via Team Secret’s director of operations Matthew Bailey), it looks like the company created it specifically for the bid process, rather than to generate hype for the upcoming tournament.

Cities looking to host the tournament in two years time need to apply by March 31, and should have a modern indoor arena or stadium with a capacity between 15,000 and 80,000, which must be available for at least a 10 day period in August and additional space for fan zones, vendor villages, and more.

The cities will need ample hotel space for more than 30,000 individuals, a fibre internet connection, good links to an international airport, and a strong transportation system.

Valve is expected to pick the host city by June 15, 2020, but like always, we won’t find out until the big reveal at this year’s TI10 finals. Exciting.

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