Video game developer and publisher Valve recently announced that the company’s world-famous Dota 2 esports tournament, The International, will no longer be hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. This comes after an announcement from the Swedish Sports Federation that said the organization voted not to accept esports into the federation.
The cancellation of Dota 2 The International 2021 was first announced by the Swedish Esports Association. This information was later confirmed by Swedish politician Hanif Bali on Twitter.
“We filed an appeal directly with the Swedish government on June 9th, but they were unable to provide assistance. On June 14th we followed up asking them to reconsider, and they have so far been unable to offer a resolution,” Valve said in a statement. “As a result, and in light of the current political situation in Sweden, we have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International – Dota 2 Championships as planned.”
The regional qualifiers for the event are scheduled to begin over the next few weeks. According to talkesport, Dota 2 The International 2021 will still take place this summer somewhere in Europe that isn’t Sweden.