The annual Dota 2 championship tournament, known as The International, would take place in Stockholm this year, but earlier this week Valve said it was "looking for possible alternatives" for a host city. . The Swedish government refused to classify the tournament as an "elite sporting event", and without this classification it is possible that players will be denied entry to the country due to restrictions. of the Covid-19.
Valve left the door open for a possible last minute agreement, saying he was exploring other options "in case the Swedish government could not accommodate the International. However, that door has been closed, as the Swedish Sports Association said today that Valve has decided to relocate the event.
Interestingly, the announcement of the move came just hours after the organization, which was not involved in negotiations between Valve and the Swedish authorities, proposed a possible solution to the problem. "To save The International, the competition must be sanctioned through the sports movement and the international federations and the dialogue with the Valve organizer should be started as soon as possible," he said. Sports Association in a statement (via Google translator).
"The union has sent several messages directly to the organizer and through the Swedish professional teams and other sports organizations. We hope to be able to create the necessary conditions to change the state of the competition and to be able to start a dialogue with the organizers. allows the International to be implemented in Stockholm ".
Even allowing Google Translate to be inaccurate, this seems more of an idea than a solution, which is why Valve has apparently decided to reduce its losses.
UPPDATERING: You are in contact with Valve on the following page of the International Plan in Stockholm. More information.June 24, 2021
“We have now contacted Valve, which announces that they will not complete the plans with The International in Stockholm,” he partnered on Twitter. With this decision taken, the organization said it will now focus its efforts on ensuring that similar situations do not occur in the future.
Said Sammi Kaidi, president of the Swedish Sports Association Express that the group had received an email from Valve thanking him for his efforts, but saying he had passed up the opportunity to sort things out for Stockholm. “We look forward to holding events in Sweden in the future, when the weather is better for everyone,” Valve wrote.
There are no indications at this time as to where The International could be held instead of Stockholm, or whether it may need to be delayed to adapt to change. I have contacted Valve for more information and will update if I receive a response.
Thanks, Dot Sports.