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Location of next year’s The International 10 announced

Published: 25/Aug/2019 8:11 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:09

by Michael Gwilliam


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Sweden will be hosting DOTA’s biggest tournament in 2020 when The International returns to Europe. 

The announcement was made prior to The International 9 Grand Final between Team Liquid and OG.

This will be the first TI held in Europe since the first incarnation of the event back in 2011 in Cologne, Germany.

Since the first TI, Seattle, Vancouver and now Shanghai have hosted the premiere esports competition boasting some of the largest prize pools ever up for grabs.

The winner of this year’s tournament will be taking home over $15,000,000.

Each TI has broken its own prize pool record entirely through crowdfunding. This year, over $34,000,000 has been raised, which makes it the largest esports prize pool in history. The winner of this year’s TI will recieve over $15 million in prize winnings, meaning that each team even outearned the winner of Fortnite World Cup’s solo competition. 

Stockholm’s mayor Anna König Jerlmyr said the city is excited to be hosting this global celebration. “The passion for DOTA runs deep,” she said in the announcement video.

“We are honored to host the world in cheering on your favorite teams… as they compete for the most prestigious trophy in all of esports.”

With a European team taking home the Aegis in 2019, defending it in 2020 on home soil will prove to be a worthwhile experience.


Football club PSG extends successful Dota 2 partnership with LGD

Published: 1/Dec/2020 9:29 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 11:42

by Adam Fitch


French football club Paris Saint-Germain have renewed their partnership with Chinese esports organization LGD Gaming.

The renewal will see LGD’s team in popular MOBA title Dota 2 continue to compete under the banner of PSG.LGD.

Despite announcing the extended alliance, the length of the new deal has not been disclosed at the time of writing. The partnership was originally established in April 2018.

The two parties will continue working together to “promote the internationalization and commercial operation” of the team.

It didn’t take long for PSG.LGD to prove successful, winning the EPICENTER XL Major in May 2018.

PSG.LGD have also unveiled a new look that they will move forward with, changing their logo to reflect LGD’s new logo that was revealed in December 2019 and PSG changing “eSports” to “esports” in their own branding.

PSG.LGD proved to be a force in Dota 2 almost instantly, winning a Major tournament just one month after forming in 2018. They witnessed continued success as the year progressed, emerging victorious at the MDL Changsha Major in the same month and eventually placing second at that year’s The International — netting themselves over $4m in the latter.

In 2019 they continued to play well but couldn’t keep their winning streak alive, placing fourth at The Chongqing Major and MDL Disneyland Paris Major, third at ESL One Birmingham, and third at The International 9.

In 2020 they underwent drastic changes following a difficult year, especially considering the global health situation moving competition online. On September 16th, they unveiled an all-new roster which included loaning two players from domestic rivals EHOME.

PSG have a similar partnership in League of Legends, competing in the Pacific Championship Series — the home for competition in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia — as PSG.Talon. The football club partnered with Hong Kong-based organization Talon Esports in June 2020.