While the world's richest esports event, Dota 2's The International, remains scheduled to take place next month in Bucharest, Romania, game-maker Valve is still uncertain whether fans will be present.
Valve posted a online statement Friday regarding the potential for spectators to be present at the $40 million-plus tournament amid the rise in coronavirus infections.
The company wrote, "At long last, the top Dota teams in the world will gather this October to wage the tenth battle to claim the Aegis of Champions. We had hoped to release ticket information by now, but the Delta variant has been an added challenge as we work to navigate hosting a live event as safely as possible. With circumstances constantly changing, we want to be careful to make a well-informed and safe decision regarding ticket sales closer to the event.
"We understand this makes planning difficult for fans hoping to travel to Romania. We will continue to evaluate the situation and announce ticket information as soon as we are able."
The 2020 version of The International, due to be played in Stockholm, was canceled due to the pandemic. The next event was scheduled for August 2021 in Stockholm, but visa issues in Sweden prompted organizers to move the event to Romania and push back the date.
The International 2021, also known as The International 10 or TI10, is scheduled to begin with the group stage, Oct. 7-10. The main event will follow Oct. 12-17.
OG are the two-time defending champion, having prevailed in 2018 at Vancouver and in 2019 at Shanghai.
--Field Level Media