This year’s The International 2021, the Dota 2 World Championship, will be held without spectators. Dota 2 developer Valve has refunded all tickets for the October 7 event, effective from yesterday (October 2). The event will be held in Bucharest, Romania.
“We have been carefully evaluating the continuing increase in the incidence of Covid in Romania and the new local restrictions introduced by Bucharest,” Valve wrote. statement.
“We just want to welcome live broadcast fans, but we can no longer do so in a way that allows us to prioritize the health and well-being of the audience and participants. The person who purchases the ticket will receive an automatic full refund,” it continued. .
The news was released a few days after multiple members of the tournament participant Team Aster tested positive for Covid-19. The reaction of fans on social media is somewhere between the pain of cancellation of the event and the reduction of risk for their favorite e-sports player.
At a truly cosmic ironic moment, the biggest prize pool tournament for Valve’s other game “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” will be in PGL professional November 4-7…At the same Stockholm Arena where Dota 2 International was originally scheduled to be held.