Valve Confirms The International 2019 Dates
Posted 30th April 2019 By: ThisIsSam    418 Views
Esports News – Shortly after Vici Gaming leaked the TI9 schedule, Valve officially confirmed details regarding the event. The Dota 2 tournament is scheduled to take off August 20 and conclude August 25. This indicates that the Group Stage will happen a week earlier. This year, Valve takes the biggest esports tournament to Shanghai, China.
The International continues to present the biggest prize pools in esports. Last year’s event showcased a prize pool that exceeded the 2017 installment. However, for this year, no teams will automatically receive direct invites. Instead, teams qualify according to DPC points obtained.
As it stands, only four Dota 2 teams have locked in TI9 spots. The list includes Virtus.pro, Team Secret, Vici Gaming, and Evil Geniuses. VG hurled itself to the top of the DPC ranking after an extraordinary performance during the DreamLeague Season 11. VG dominated that even while going through the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor.
One major factor that concerns both players and fans of Dota 2 is that Valve hasn’t released the Battle Pass for The International’s 9th installment. This is a crucial component of the event as part of the price is taken from the earnings of Battle Pass. A recent tweet by Valve says that they are still in the process of finalizing the details and hope the release that in a couple of weeks’ time, which goes for the tickets as well.
Given that Shanghai will host the tournament, it makes sense that Valve would partner with a local platform for its ticket sales. Valve had partnered with Damai, but history shows that the latter lack consistency when it comes to ticket sales. Recent reports say that Damai was the same company that helped organize ticket sales for last year’s League of Legends World Championship. There were reports that tickets were being automatically purchased by bots for the event and then resold at higher prices.
Another dwelling issue is the tournament’s venue. During the Shanghai Major in 2016, Valve cut ties with the production company in charge of the event. There is also the case with TNC, and one of its players prohibited from entering the host city.
The community remains in anticipation of further updates from Valve. Hopefully, they follow up as soon as possible to ease the pressure many are going through.