DOTA 2: The International 2020 - Start Date, Prize Pool, Delay & more

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DOTA 2's The International is one of esports largest landmark events - and due to COVID-19, it was delayed this year.

So when will The International 2020 return?

Let's go over everything we know so far.

The International 2020

The International 2020 was set to continue growing as one of the largest esports tournaments ever created - a tradition that has held firm since its inception in 2011.

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THE STANDARD: The International is one of the most prestigious esports tournaments

Unfortunately, after COVID-19, TI 2020 has been delayed since 30 April.

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So when will The International 2020 finally return?

Start Date

The International 2020 will return in August 2021 if current plans hold.

This of course has yet to be fully confirmed in light of COVID-19 difficulties.


COVID-19 brings plenty of locational difficulties, and The International 2020 is certainly facing them.

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As currently scheduled, however, Valve plans to have TI 2020 in the same venue as previously scheduled.

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That means you can expect the tournament to run in Stockholm, Sweden.

Prize Pool

DOTA 2's premier tournament has a variable prize pool that changes depending on player purchases and donations.

As it stands, however, The International 2020 prize pool will be over $40 million.



The International 2020 will follow the same format as previous years, with 18 qualifying teams.

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12 of these teams will come from the Pro Circuit, and 6 others will come from regional qualifiers.

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These regions will include China, CIS, Europe, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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