Valve is seeking proposals from cities around the globe who are interested in
hosting next year's The International championship for Dota 2
. They offer
a promotional video
and note that the event draws numbers comparable to the largest sporting events
in the world:
Valve, the creators of numerous award-winning game
franchises and developers of the Steam online games platform, is seeking
proposals from cities around the world to host the 11th Annual International
Dota 2 Championships (aka "The International"), to be held in the summer of
First held in Cologne, Germany in August 2011, The International has become one
of the world's largest sporting events and set numerous records for the largest
prize pool in all of esports with its community-driven purse ($34.3 million
total prize pool in 2019).
Global viewership, international draw, and attendance rivals that of the NFL
Superbowl, U.S. Open Golf Championship, and the Eurovision Song Contest. Since
its launch in Cologne, the event has been held in Seattle, Shanghai, and
Vancouver. Each year, tickets for the multi-day event sell out in minutes.
As The International is the annual grand championship event, it features the
best professional Dota 2 teams in the world playing for their share of millions
of dollars in front of a packed arena of live fans and millions more watching
from home. In addition, the event also features a variety of entertainment
performances from musicians, DJs, acrobats and more.
Featuring two teams of five squaring off in a multiplayer match, Dota 2 is one
of the most played online games in the world, with over 14 million players in
just the last year.