For all participants in The International 10, the stay rules are now much stricter. Teams are prohibited from leaving their place of residence, and all e-sportsmen and representatives of organizations must wear GPS trackers that restrict movement.
This is due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in Bucharest. In Romania, a peak in the incidence was recorded, which indicates a worsening of the situation.
GPS trackers will be attached to badges worn by players, casters, other esports organizations and others. If such a tracker is removed and unlawfully left the hotel, Valve will impose sanctions on them. Along with the restriction of movement, journalists lost the opportunity to interview the participants of the event. Vitaly 'Sword_Art' Petkin, an analyst for Team Spirit, said that no staff has access to the esportsman. This applies not only to journalists, but also to psychologists, content makers, casters and others.
Valve recently announced that the tenth The International will be held at the stadium without fans. The championship starts on October 7 and ends on the 17th. The venue will be the National Arena in the Romanian capital, Bucharest. 18 participants who made their way to the event from 6 divisions will share a total prize pool of $ 40,000,000 between each other, which has become a record in the history of not only Dota 2, but the entire esports industry.