Valve Adopts Olympic-Style Bid System for The International Host Cities | Kotaku UK
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Valve is changing the way it decides which city will host Dota 2 ‘s The International.In an announcement yesterday (accompanied by a request for proposal document, via Polygon ) the developer outlined a new Olympic bid-style approach to choosing the location.
In the document, Valve says that it’s in “the preliminary stages of selecting a host city for The International for 2021.” It mentions specific requirements for hosting, ranging from “a modern indoor arena or stadium with a capacity between 15,000 and 80,000,” to “fibre network connectivity from a local service provider,” hotel space for more than 30,000 guests, and good local and international transport links.
The proposal explains The International, which boasts one of the biggest prize pools in esports, for the benefit of those city officials who might not be up to speed with the broader concept, and asks for submissions by the end of March.
The first iteration of The International was held in Cologne in 2011.Since then, it’s largely been held in Seattle, before moving to Vancouver and then Shanghai.This year’s competition is due to take place in Stockholm.