Bad news comes from the biggest event in the Dota 2 scene, The International (TI) 10. After previously announcing to host TI 10 with spectators, on October 3, 2021, via Twitter account @DOTA2, Valve announced to cancel ticket sales for TI 10 and do refund for anyone who has purchased the ticket.
The decision to cancel ticket sales at TI 10 and ban spectators came because of an increase in Covid-19 cases, especially in Bucharest, Romania. Besides, some of the players who came were like Thiay Jun”JT-“Wen from Invictus Gaming (iG) and three players from Team Aster that is Du”Monet“Peng, Lin”Xxs“Jing, dan Ye”Borax“Zhibiao tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Romania.
Valve as the organizer expressed their apologies regarding the termination and refund of tickets for TI 10. Hopefully, the TI 10 event without fans will not reduce the excitement of the tournament itself.
“We have evaluated the increasing cases of Covid-19 in Romania, as well as the restrictions imposed by the local government in Bucharest. To ensure the safety of all players, talent and staff participating in the event, we have decided to refund all ticket sales for The International 2021.
We want nothing more than the presence of spectators and fans at the event. However, we cannot do this at the expense of the health and safety of spectators and participants. Therefore, those of you who bought tickets for The International 2021 will be given a full and automatic refund.
The International 2021 will kick off as planned on October 7, 2021 and we look forward to welcoming the best Dota 2 teams to the stage and sharing their experiences online with millions of Dota 2 fans around the world.,”
This of course will be very disappointing for IT lovers and of course the competing teams. The reason is, the absence of the audience will certainly reduce the excitement of TI 10 and make prize pool a large one worth 40 million United States (USA) seems empty.
However, of course, Valve couldn’t do much and forced themselves to keep holding it with the audience. Of course, we hope that with this policy, the excitement of the TI 10 event will not decrease.