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Valve Seeks Host City Proposals for The International 2021

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 2021.

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.