Valve teased the upcoming event in a tweet, but didn’t provide any other details other than a location and date. The event is known for its very generous rewards, with last year’s winning team receiving a portion of the $40 million prize. This huge sum comes from crowdfunding funds purchased by the DOTA2 community in the game and has been increasing over the years. We don’t know how much prize money this year’s tournament has, but we probably won’t have to wait too long to find out.
The 2020 event in Stockholm, Sweden had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic; last year, The International was set to take place in Sweden, but problems with Swedish authorities once again thwarted the plan, and Valve had to move the event to Bucharest, Romania.
But the event in Bucharest also didn’t go as planned, and Valve ended up holding the game without a live audience due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. It’s unclear if Valve will take any COVID-19 precautions at this year’s race, and Valve didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment.