Valve announced that the major Dota 2 championship The International 10 over the past 2 years will not take place in Sweden. Initially, it was supposed to take place in Stockholm.
Valve has detailed its path to organizing The International 10 in Stockholm. In 2019, the company began cooperating with the Swedish authorities, spending twice as much effort when the event was postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in 2019.
In Sweden, Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm have assured Valve that The International 10 will receive the same concessions as other sports.
Two weeks ago, in early June, it was reported that the Swedish federation would not accept esports into its ranks.
After that, the only option was to ask the Swedish Interior Minister to classify The International 10 as a professional sport. Valve was denied this request as well.
New event in Dota 2 this week
Due to this situation with the Swedish government, players will not be able to obtain visas to participate in TI10. Valve sent several more inquiries to the Swedish government but received no responses.
Now The International 10 is under threat of disruption, looking for new venues in Europe. Valve is committed to holding TI in a safe for all setting.
Important: Valve will soon have to announce a new venue; TI10 qualifiers start on June 23; the new "Nemestice" event is coming this week.