DOTA 2 The International 2021 to Relocate After Sweden’s Ruling Against Esports!

June 24, 2021

The tournament was set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden this year.

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DOTA2’s the International was a much awaited even by all DOTA 2 fans alike, and was something they looked forward to after its cancellation last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event was to be held in Stockholm, Sweden between the 5th and 15th of August this year.

But a few days back, the Swedish Sports Federation passed a ruling to not accept esports into the federation which was voted for by the federation. As a result, The International has not been qualified as an elite sporting event which means that anyone attempting to procure a visa for travel into Sweden for the event would be denied, due to the country’s guidelines.

Valve, the developer of DOTA 2, due to this reason, announced that it will be relocating the event elsewhere so that there won’t be any issue for the participants of the tournament.

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Even after the Swedish Sports Federation’s decision, Valve had asked Sweden’s Minister of the Interior to reclassify The International – Dota 2 Championships as an elite sporting event. The request was denied.

The announcement from Value also stated: “We filed an appeal directly with the Swedish government on June 9th, but they were unable to provide assistance. On June 14th we followed up asking them to reconsider, and they have so far been unable to offer a resolution. As a result, and in light of the current political situation in Sweden, we have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International – Dota 2 Championships as planned.”

While a new location is yet to be announced, Valve has already said that the qualifiers for the International will proceed as planned with no changes.

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