The International 10 has hit another roadblock in the lead-up to the event slated to be in Stockholm, Sweden, with group stages running 5 to 8 August, while the main event kicks off 10 August, culminating in the Grand Finals on 15 August. In a news post, Valve has revealed that The International 10, as an esport event, will not be accepted into the Swedish Sports Federation as of two weeks ago. As such, Valve have begun to look for alternatives within Europe should the event really does end up not being accommodated by the Swedish government, assuring that it will both be safe for those involved while also celebrating players and fans of Dota 2.
This exclusion has naturally drawn the ire of many fans, least of all, various esports members and personalities, pointing out events like DreamHack, or even organizations like Alliance being based in Sweden. With just under 2 months to go, both players and talent will have to wait with bated breath to see how the situation will pan out. The prize pool for The International 10 stands at a whopping $40,018,195 for teams to claim their share.
Qualifiers for group stages will still begin 23 June, right on the heels of T1 winning ESL One Summer 2021.