This just in: The International Dota 2 Championships will not be held in American soil. Instead, it will be held north of the American border in its neighboring country, Canada. This is the first time this will happen since the very first The International.
Valve made the announcement earlier today, just hours after the release of the latest Dota 2 update, patch 7.11.
The International Dota 2 Championships 2018
There were already rumors earlier this year that Valve would choose to change the venue for Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament. This mostly stemmed from the planned rennovations of the Key Arena in Seattle, the home of TI since The International 2014. However, few ever imagined that it would happen as soon as later this year.
But then again, the move does make sense logistically. Vancouver isn’t that far away from Seattle. In fact, it is the closest major city to it. Not only that, but with the move, we might see fewer of the travel visa issues that plagued the previous incarnations of TI.
The International 2018.
Rogers Arena – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
August 20-25, 2018
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) March 16, 2018
The schedule also changed along with the new venue. Instead of occuring near the start of August, The International 8 will take place near the end, from the 20th to the 25th.
Compared to Seattle’s Key Arena, the Rogers Arena in Vancouver is slightly larger. The indoor sports arena has an official capacity of 18,910 as opposed to Key Arena’s 15,354.
The only other time Valve held The International Dota 2 Championships outside of the United States was in 2011 when they unveiled the game during Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, Germany.
What do you think of the change in venue of The International Dota 2 Championships? Do you think we’ll see fewer talents and teams having travel visa issues this time around? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.