Esports Betting sites have already been getting ready with bets for the International, and betting enthusiasts were excited. But the question remains: will The International 2020 take place this year? Dota 2 International has been an annual thing since its very first tournament in 2011, and over the years, the crowdfunding helped increase the prize pool considerably.
With how shaky this year has been so far, it’s difficult to say whether you will be able to make bets on the International in 2020 yet. Valve didn’t know what the future will bring either but seeing as things are right now, the event might be delayed even more.
When Was It Supposed to Take Place?
The International 2020 was supposed to start in July of this year with the open qualifiers, where the best teams are going to be chosen. It was supposed to have its main event from August 18 to August 23.
Additionally, Valve Corporation was going to host the event in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Ericsson Globe. But now that COVID-19 is making victims all around the world, it’s not that easy anymore. The risk would be too huge.
Will It Still Happen?
Everyone was hoping to place bets on Dota 2 International this year, yet it doesn’t look very likely to happen at this point. Back in April, the Dota team had to make the difficult decision to delay the events because even though they were looking for possibilities, it was hard to come to a conclusion.
The virus makes everything difficult, including traveling and local gatherings, so hosting the event under these circumstances would be too inconvenient for both the organizers and the participants.
What’s great is that the prize pool will be still funded by the Battle Pass, which has been released already. So, until the event happens, the amount of the prize pool is going to considerably increase.
The International had to be delayed for everyone’s safety. It’s unpleasant, but it would be difficult to host it this year and too dangerous for everyone’s health. But as soon as it starts, you will be able to watch it and engage in betting.