DOTA 2 The International refunds live-audience tix because the pandemic didn’t go away

    
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And it's gone.

For those who somehow haven’t noticed, the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t go away. We’re still very much in the middle of it here in the US, with on average 100,000 cases and 2,000 deaths a day. Parts of Europe aren’t faring any better. Given that, it might surprise you to know that Valve was planning to hold Dota 2’s The International tournament as a live event; it had been delayed from April to October 7th-17th and had been moved from Sweden to Bucharest, Romania, where Valve hoped for a large live audience.

But that was in July, and as of October, Romania is in the middle of a huge spike of cases, its worst ever, putting it in the top three countries for new infections in Europe over the last week. Consequently, Valve has decided to cancel the in-person part of the event, refunding all the tickets people have been buying for the last two weeks.’

“We have been carefully evaluating the continued rise of Covid rates in Romania, as well as the resulting introduction of new local restrictions in Bucharest. To ensure the safety of all players, talent, and production staff participating in the event, we have decided to refund all ticket sales for The International 2021. We wanted nothing more than to welcome fans live to the event, but we can no longer do so in a way that allows us to prioritize the health and well-being of both audience members and participants. Those who purchased tickets will be issued a full refund automatically. The International 2021 will begin as planned on October 7, and we look forward to welcoming the best Dota teams in the world to the stage and sharing the experience online with millions of fans around the world.”

As Kotaku notes, the players aren’t entirely safe either; several members of one team announced last week that they had contracted the virus.

Please be safe out there, folks.

Source: Valve via Kotaku
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Vanquesse V

Valve couldn’t get the Swedish government to classify The International as an “elite sporting event” and thus had to move the show from Stockholm.
On Nov. 4-7 a CS:GO major will be held in exactly that arena.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, the rosy optimism a lot of us had earlier this year when vaccines rolled out seems to have been severely misplaced : (

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Vanquesse V

I’m aware I’m not using the quote for its intended meaning but “Hell is other people”

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Bruno Brito

Maybe i’m just jaded but i was sure nothing was going to go right and the pandemic would stay longer than expected.

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EmberStar

Meh, this is actually going better than expected, considering where several major countries were at the first of the year. I thought the dead muskrat toupee squad would actually stage coups in at least two countries to keep their own in power, for one. (Didn’t try it in one, didn’t need to in the other.)

Not much else I can say that isn’t going to either turn into trolling (intentional or otherwise) or otherwise turn into a pointless discussion that solve nothing and goes nowhere in a violently pointless way. ( >,< )