Everything you should know about Dota 2 The International 2020 by Valve

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It’s been 10 years since Valve launched its biggest championship called The International for Dota 2 lovers. Since 2011, TI was traveling around the globe. This year, it’s finally coming back to Europe – Valve announced. What are the dates of the TI10? Who will take part in the competition? Are the tickets available? We got all the answers below.

What is the prize pool for The International 2020?

Even if Dota 2 is not your biggest hobby, you could still hear about its legendary prize pools. Every year, they are increasing and breaking the world records among the other multiplayer online battle arenas. Here is the list of the previous base prize pools Valve provided before 2020:

  • 2011 – $1,600,000
  • 2012 – $1,600,000
  • 2013 – $1,600,000
  • 2014 – $1,600,000
  • 2015 – $1,600,000
  • 2016 – $1,600,000
  • 2017 – $1,600,000
  • 2018 – $1,600,000
  • 2019 – $1,600,000

At the same time, the winner got way more than a million bucks (expect for Natus Vincere (Ukraine, TI1 1st place) and Invictus Gaming (China, TI2 1st place)). Due to the battle pass and crowdfunding, Valve made it possible to rise the initial numbers to some exorbitant sums for the total prize pools:

  • 2013 – $2,874,380
  • 2014 – $10,931,105
  • 2015 – $18,429,613
  • 2016 – $20,770,460
  • 2017 – $24,787,916
  • 2018 – $25,532,177
  • 2019 – $34,330,068

On average, it takes around 90-100 days to fundraise the extra money. Days 1 and 50 are considered to bring the highest investments. The first day of the campaign in 2019 set a record that equals $5,819,288. In 2020, the total prize is expected to reach $40,000,000 and again break all the records in the niche.

How many teams will take part?

The International usually hosted 16 teams from all around the world. However, starting from 2017, there are 18 teams taking part in the TI. 12 of them get a direct invitation from Valve based on the Dota Pro Circuit results whereas 6 other teams represent particular regions depending on the regional qualifiers:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • CIS
  • China
  • Southeast Asia.

Various Dota 2 betting websites are now trying to predict which 18 teams will get their lucky tickets. Currently, OG and TNC are the default leaders due to their recent victories. The other candidates come mostly from China (Invictus Gaming, Vici Gaming), North America (Evil Geniuses), Russia (Gambit Esports, Virtus.Pro), and Europe (Alliance, Team Liquid).

Where and when The International 2020 will take part?

On the last day of TI9, Valve traditionally announced the location for next year’s tournament. Stockholm turned out to be a surprise since it’s the first come back to Europe since 2011. Do you remember all the locations The International streamed from?

  • 2011 – Cologne, Germany
  • 2012 – 2017 – Seattle, US
  • 2018 – Vancouver, Canada
  • 2019 – Shanghai, China
  • 2020 – Stockholm, Sweden

The tournament will be held in Ericsson Globe – one of the most futuristic venues in the Scandinavian region. Stockholm Globen is a large ball-shaped arena used mostly for holding ice-hockey tournaments. In 2000 and 2016, Globen got under the spotlight due to the Eurovision contest held inside. Its capacity is just 1,000 people less than Mercedes Benz arena in Shanghai (TI9) meaning that up to 16,000 fans are welcomed to join TI10 live.

At the end of December 2019, the unofficial spokesman from Valve Wykrhm Reddy twitted that the dates for The International 2020 almost won’t be shifted. As usual, August comes as a special month for the Dota 2 fans, who join one of the most global esports events lasting for 5 days. In 2020, the dates are August 18th-23rd.

When can I get the tickets?

Judging from all the official pages maintained by The International, Dota 2, and Valve, the tickets haven’t been released yet. There’s a chance that they will be available at the end of spring – TI fans need to have some time for arranging their flight and taking care of a visa if needed.

Last year, Valve started selling the tickets on May 24. Those who have a paid subscription to Dota Plus or owned a Battle Pass got a unique code on May 21st for purchasing the tickets earlier. The price for Days 1-4 was around $35 a day, whereas one of the final days (5 or 6) would cost you $150. Some expect the prices to go up in 2020 but some deny due to the significant difference between the rent prices in Shanghai and Stockholm.

All in all, Dota 2 comes as a powerful trendsetter for the entire gaming world. Valve has been on the top for the decade, and it seems these guys are not ready to give up their positions. Let’s wait till August to see who enters TI Hall of Fame in 2020 – this summer will be hot!