In a blog post, Valve announced that viewers who buy tickets to attend the event in person will be refunded.
“We have carefully followed the increase in COVID-19 cases in Romania and the new local restrictions in Bucharest due to this increase. We have decided to refund all The International 2021 tickets in order not to jeopardize the safety of our actors, announcers and other production staff who will attend the event.
Nothing could make us more happy than the fans’ participation in this event, but unfortunately we cannot do this without sacrificing the health of the audience and attendees. A full refund of purchased tickets will be made automatically.
The International will kick off on October 7th as scheduled, and we look forward to seeing you all in this arena where the best Dota teams in the world will compete, and share the experience online with millions of fans around the world.”
Assuming everything is still going “as planned”, The International 10 – Dota 2 Championship Group Stage will begin October 7-10 and the Main Stage will begin October 12. On October 17, the two top Dota 2 teams will face off for Aegis and their share of the $40,018,195 prize pool.