Announcing The International 7 dates earlier today, Valve confirmed that this year’s competitive action takes place from August 7 to August 12.
For the fourth year in a row, one of the biggest esports events in the world will be hosted at the multi-purpose KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. Previously, the location was a subject of speculation and it was assumed that Valve might opt to move the event in light of an executive order issued by President Trump last month.
The new immigration policy restricts citizens of several countries from entering the United States of America, and bars entry from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Importantly, anyone holding dual citizenship with any of the seven aforementioned countries are also not permitted to enter the United States during the ban period.
The issue of obtaining visas to play a tournament on American soil may result in teams having to part with members or in the worst case scenario, forfeit completely. Gabe Newell, founder and president of Valve, noted that The International 7 might be held outside of America this year. Today’s announcement confirms that the developer has thought otherwise.
The seventh iteration of The International will also feature a massive cosplay competition, attracting some of the best and talented artists and makeup gurus around. In addition, fans can expect Valve to make full use of the inventive holographic displays that were a major attraction at previous events.
Besides the confirmation of The International dates, the community is more excited about the tournament’s prize pool. Dota 2 has a history of crowd-funding its prize pot. Over the years, the community has managed to shatter past records. This year, it faces the challenge of landing a prize pool larger than $20.4 million.
16 of the best teams in the professional Dota 2 scene will go against one another this year. Valve is yet to reveal The International dates for group stages. In previous iterations, they have always lasted an entire week. Hence, it is safe to presume that it will be the same.