Despite all the foreign travel hoopla, Valve’s The International will still take place in USA
Despite all the current concerns regarding foreign entry into the country, the United States of America will still be host to Valve’s The International Dota 2 Championships this year, with the venue still being Seattle, Washington.
The confirmation came together with Valve’s announcement regarding this TI’s Cosplay Competition which final round will take place during the Main Event of the prestigious Dota 2 tournament. The event will also be co-handled together with PGL, which is now also handling Valve’s Major Dota 2 tournaments, starting with the Manila Major last year.
Valve’s decision as to where to hold the next TI event has become repeatedly discussed throughout the Dota 2 community, particularly after the shift in the US administration, and has also been a long-time concern following numerous Visa issues that plagued international players, particularly ones from China, and South East Asia. Also, following the current US’ administration’s stance regarding foreign visitors from the Middle East Asia, there are those who are concerned regarding the fate of some of the pros who are most likely to be at TI this year who are of Middle East Asian decent such as Amer “Miracle-” Barqawi who is a Jordanian, and Maroun “GH” Merhej who comes from Lebanon, the Pakistani prodigy Syed “Suma1L” Sumail Hassan might be an exception though as he is currently living and working in the US under the Evil Geniuses banner.
Apart from the Middle East, it can also be expected that Filipino pros might have a bit more trouble securing their US travel Visas this time with all the fiasco that has happened with the Philippine administration when it comes to foreign relations, it can be remembered that teams, TNC Pro Team and Execration were once plagued with US Visa concerned with Execration even forced to drop their Boston Major participation after failing to secure their Visa documents in time for the tournament last December.
Both the actual date and the venue are still to be confirmed as of this moment although fans are expecting for TI to still take place in Seattle’s KeyArena like it always did in the past few years starting with TI4 back in 2014. The event, should it take place in KeyArena, is also expected to run during the first week of August 2017 following reports of the venue to start its redevelopment sometime during the same month.