The International Dota 2 Championship Will Stay In The US

Published: Mar 31, 2017 - Last Updated: Jun 24, 2022

[toc]Last month, a round-table discussion at Valve’s studio revealed the company is deciding whether its biggest event, The International, will remain in Seattle. The question arose in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

However, Valve recently announced this year’s Dota 2 Championship will still be hosted on its home turf.

The International returns to Seattle’s KeyArena for the sixth time

On Aug. 7 and for the sixth time, Seattle’s KeyArena will host The International main event over a six-day period.

Sixteen of the world’s top teams will meet in Seattle to fight for glory and a massive prize pool. The event’s prize money has been increasing each year and reached a record $20.7 million last year. No wonder The International is considered the most prestigious event in the Dota 2 scene.

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The battle for tickets begins next week

Fans who want to snag their entry pass to the live event should prepare in advance; the tickets sell out within minutes every year.

Tickets will become available for purchase on April 4. The sale will come in two waves – at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (PST) via Ticketmaster.

The Midweek Ticket allows access to the arena during the first four days of the event and costs $100. Those who wish to see the grand finals can purchase a Final Ticket to see the final two days of the event; it costs $200. Fans can buy up to five tickets apiece.

Currently, no other information is available about this year’s event. The results from the ongoing Dota 2 Asia Championships in Shanghai and the upcoming Kiev Major in April will indicate which teams could receive invites to this year’s The International.

And here’s hoping we see some sick prize pool development for the 2017 event, just like last year.

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Dejan Zalik

Since: September 12, 2015

Dejan has been involved in gaming for over 10 years. Moving from classics like Diablo 2, Lineage 2, and Warcraft 3, he found his passion in Dota 2, which he’s been playing ever since. He also likes to keep up to date by reading and writing about whatever is happening in the industry.

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