Despite The International 2018, a long time before teams knew that the 2019 Tournament would be played in China.
Nonetheless, no such confusion will exist this time around. The International 2020 will be on Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, Valve immediately announced.
This is, of course, the world’s biggest and richest tourney every year. The decision to return it to Europe is considered an appropriate way to mark its 10th anniversary for the first time since 2011.
History of International 2020
The first tournament The 2011 International Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany was hosted and won by Natus Vincere, the Ukrainian side. But the tournament prize pool was only 1 million dollars.
For the first of six years in Seattle, Valve relocated the event in 2012. The first two were in the Benaroya Theater, the next four in the KeyArena. The decision to crowdfund the prize pool in the tournament through the fight pass sales of “Compendium” turned The International’s fortunes into a game of play.
The prize money on offer swelled from $1.6 million from 2012 to the last year of Seattle in 2017 to a World Record of $24,787,916 in 2017. With recent Dota 2, The International Tournament set a new world record for the biggest prize pool at an event.
In 2018, when the prize pool hit 25,000 USD, and this year in Shanghai, it managed to swell even further to a whopping of 34. 3 million USD at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. It broke down the shirt-lived record of $30 m set as the biggest prize pool in the history of gaming at the Fortnite World Cup.
It is likely that when qualifiers convene next year in Sweden for International 2020, this milestone will be broken again.
Once again, teams will compete directly through the Dota Pro Circuit, along with a variety of other global qualifying competitions, for the International 2020.
The International 2020 Pinnacle of Esports Betting
The International is also one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments, with outlets such as Betway esports and Bet365 esports providing a wide range of promotions for the event itself, and a large selection of qualifying competitions throughout the year, including the Dota Pro Minor Circuit and major events.
Would you like to back OG to win a third consecutive international tournament? Other teams will be coming to the fore in Stockholm next year to lift up the top prize, and millions of dollars in prize money?