Despite earlier concerns that President Trump’s travel ban would provide too many challenges to arrange Dota 2’s premier eSports event, The International location has been set and it will indeed remain in Seattle once again.
The reveal came off-handedly during a different announcement concerning a cosplay contest happening at TI7, inviting cosplayers to “make the journey to Seattle in August for the Main Event of The International”.
The reveal, as well as the current version of the travel ban due to begin enforcement this Thursday, still proves a challenge to players such as Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi from Team Liquid and Omar “w33” Aliwi from Digital Chaos. Both players are from countries that are limiting immigrant arrival to the United States by halting new visa issuance for 90 days, though the ban does make exceptions to those who already have visas or green cards. Lawyers are already challenging the new version of the ban in court, with hearings set to be heard in Maryland and Hawaii today.
Travel issues have been a problem for many participants of The International since its decision to be held in Seattle, with LGD Gaming’s Xue “September” Zhichuan unable to attend last year’s competition after his visa application was denied four times as an example.
While it’s good to know that The International has confirmed a location for the event, we truly hope that all of the Dota 2 teams involved will be able to make their way to the competition with as little resistance as possible. In the meantime, we’ll be looking forward to The International itself as we get closer to August.
Do you think The International being held in Seattle is a good idea? Where would you consider to be a better location for the event? Do you think concerns will limit the number of teams able to compete? Let us know in the comments.