Valve confirms The International 2020 main event dates

An early Christmas gift for fans.

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Less than four months after this year’s International, Valve has already confirmed the dates for next year’s edition in Sweden. The biggest Dota 2 event of 2020 will begin Aug. 18, with the Aegis being lifted on Aug. 23.

TI9’s late scheduling and ticketing fiasco drew flak towards Valve for its poor handling of the situation. Now, fans will be able to better plan out their vacations should they revolve around the premier Dota 2 tournament.

TI is the culmination and highlight of each season’s Dota Pro Circuit. The most recent TI9 shattered two records: having the biggest prize pool in all of esports and the most-watched Dota 2 event on Twitch, in spite of the time zone. The 10th edition of the event will return to Europe for the first time since TI1 and will be held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Europe has traditionally been one of the strongest regions in Dota 2. The two most recent TI championships have gone to European powerhouse OG. The team will look to mount their title defense much closer to home this time, looking to complete a three-peat in three different continents.