"Dota 2" Issues An Open Call For A 2021 International Host City

Well, that's new! Rather than picking a city on their own, Valve Corporation has put out an open call for someone to host a Dota 2 event. But not just any Dota 2 event, they're looking for someone to host The International 2021, their primary global championship esports tournament. The company sent out this press release for major cities to look over and pitch them as to why they should be the host city for the next event. Deadlines to enter the running are due by March 31st, 2020. We have the requirements they asked for below, which basically any major city could probably provide. It's just a matter of budget. The 2020 Dota 2 International is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, with previous locations being Seattle, Cologne, Vancouver, and Shanghai. Best of luck to any city officials looking to snag the next one.

"Dota 2" Issues An Open Call For A 2021 International Host City
Credit: Valve Corporation


There are certain things a host city must have in order to handle an event the size and scope of The International, including:

  • A modern indoor arena or stadium with a capacity between 15,000 and 80,000 (which must be available for at least a 10 day period in August 2021.
  • Additional space for ancillary events (e.g., vendor villages, fan zones, after parties)
  • Ample hotel space for upwards of 30,000 individuals
  • Fiber network connectivity from a local service provider
  • Proximity to an International Airport
  • A strong local transportation system.

In addition to those must-have requirements, there are other specific considerations that we will consider in choosing a host city, including the city and national governments' ability to:

  • Ensure the safety of The International's contestants, workers, and fans
  • Maintain clear and continuous communication with Valve leading up to and during the event
  • Assist Valve with permitting and negotiating local regulations
  • Help Valve navigate immigration and visa issues for The International's contestants, workers, and fans
  • Support potential road closures
  • Commit to unfettered movement of event trucks on surface roads

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