Posted 1st September 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The International 8 and the glory of European Team OG are still fresh from everyone’s memory, but Valve immediately announced the succeeding season’s return right then and there. The International 9 (TI9) in 2019 head to Shanghai, China and will feature a completely new dimension from previous tournaments hosted in North America.
Keeping track, one can remember that from 2011 to 2017, The International tournaments were only hosted by Germany, Seattle, and Canada. Valve and other sponsors keep on returning with ridiculously-high prize pools and a constantly increasing number of viewers, but their major tournaments remain isolated in Europe and North America. Lo and behold, for the first time in Dota 2 Pro Circuit tournament history, The International will bring the strongest Dota 2 teams and players to Asia next year.
The International will continue to wander the world with the 9th season culminating at the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China— an indoor venue that can approximately accommodate 183,000 viewers. From 2016-2017, the arena held other major events in the entertainment industry such as the Valve-sanctioned Shanghai Major 2016 and the NHL pre-season game between the Vancouver Canucks and LA Kings in 2017.
Many might wonder why, all of a sudden, Valve decided to relocate the biggest esports tournament in the world to one of the countries in Asia. According to Esports Insider, an international news outlet, “this move does make some sense, despite everybody becoming accustomed to the annual event being hosted in North America. China has a huge fan base when it comes to Dota 2, and a good number of TI champions, too. This change will likely be welcomed by the majority of fans and players as the experience in the Mercedes-Benz Arena will be electric.”
If all goes well, TI9 will be the biggest esports event to happen in the country after the League of Legends tournament held in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium, the same arena where the 2008 Beijing Olympics occurred. Shanghai will soon become home to hundreds of esports businesses. Reports say that the city is dedicating its resources in building business parks aimed towards local and international esports companies. The world will then have a chance to know the best Dota 2 professional players hailing from China and other parts of Asia.
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