Throwback: Dota 2's annual world championship TI10 will not have live audience.
𝘛𝘐10 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘯 7 𝘖𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 12 𝘖𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 17 𝘖𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳.
Game developer Valve Software has announced that there will no longer be a live audience for Dota 2's TI10.
They notified the fans about the cancellation of the live audience through a blog post wherein they mentioned that all the tickets would be fully refunded.
The cancellation comes after five Chinese players were tested positive for COVID-19. Also, the pandemic situation in Romania has not been as per the expectations, even more forcing the cancellations.
The five infected Chinese players include Du "Monet" Peng, Lin "Xxs" Jing, and Ye "Borax" Zhibiao from Team Aster and Thiay "JT-" Jun Wen and Jin "flyfly" Zhiyi of Invictus Gaming. Moreover, some of the support staff of the two teams have also produced positive results for the COVID-19 tests.
Apart from Invictus Gaming and Team Ester, the Chinese teams qualified for Dota 2's TI10 are PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, and Elephant. All the five Chinese teams are staying in the same hotel in Bucharest. However, so far, there have been no announcements of any infections in the roster of these teams.
"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," said Valve.
"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."
Earlier last month, Valve Software had declared through a blog post that this year's Dota 2's annual world championship would have a live audience. They claimed to have thought it through and have all the precautionary measures for the live audience.
Each person involved in the TI10 were supposed to be fully vaccinated. Also, everyone in the live audience was supposed to have masks on all the time. Moreover, the travel restrictions for the event in Bucharest, Romania, were to be strictly followed.