Valve will refund tickets to The International 10 due to COVID-19
Valve plans to announce its intention to refund tickets to The International 10 due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases and restrictions in Bucharest, Romania, multiple sources told Upcomer on Saturday.
After carefully monitoring the scenery, sources said Valve decided it was a necessary step to protect the safety and security of all tournament participants.
The inability of fans to attend is another blow to The International 10, an event that Valve has tried to put to work in person on several occasions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Sweden. However, due to Valve’s inability to come to an agreement with the Swedish government, the tournament was delayed for a few months and the venue was moved to the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania.
The decision coincides with several participating teams reporting outbreaks of COVID-19 in the training camp which PGL set up for Chinese teams arriving early for the tournament. Teams that have been infected so far include Team Aster and Invictus Gaming, and the two boot camp participants. Team captain Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng spoke on Weibo about the lax precautions imposed by PGL on Wednesday. Although the post has since been deleted, there were still many staff members infected with COVID-19 since arriving at the Bucharest training camp.
All of the teams have already flown to the tournament and are currently preparing for what will remain the greatest DOTA 2 tournament of all time. There are still $ 42 million in prizes up for grabs and a chance to compete with some of the best teams in the world.