A frenzy has been caused around the world due to Coronavirus and mass gatherings and events are being called off on a daily basis due to the health risks this contagious virus poses to humans. A lot of esports events have also been affected by this epidemic and there seems to be no stop to it.
The International 2020, originally slated for early 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden, will be postponed due to evolving concerns about COVID-19.
Valve released a statement earlier today regarding the developing situation.
In a statement on official website, Valve said:
The International is known for having the biggest prize pool every year within the eSports scenario and each year exceeding the earlier one. The International 2019 set a crowdfunded esports prize pool record by eclipsing the previous years’ record, finalizing at US$34,300,000. The tournament was the most-watched Dota 2 event ever on the live-streaming platform Twitch, with a peak of over 1.1 million viewers during the grand finals.
Considering the current scenario of this virus’ spread around the world, it only looks like a fair decision. The event’s organizers hold health and safety in their highest regards.