Valve has confirmed that The International 2019, the biggest tournament in the Dota 2 Esports calendar, will be held in Shanghai, China, next year.
The publisher confirmed the news ahead of the bottom bracket finals at The International 2018, which reached its conclusion yesterday. AND defeated PSG.LGD in one of five to claim the crown and lions share of a $ 25m prize pool.
A shock was found for the Dota 2 community. Valve has been secret about the location of the tournament in the past. The publisher did not announce that it would hold this year's The International in Vancouver, Canada, until March of this year.
The decision to move the tournament to China comes as a surprise. The East Asian nation is one of Valve's biggest markets for Dota 2. Despite PSG.LGD's shortcomings this year, Chinese teams usually dominate The International, and it will undoubtedly help to attract large crowds at next year's tournament.
As esports continues to grow in popularity around the world, China becomes a focal point for professional gaming, with Shanghai ahead of the stage development.
Six of the last seven The international tournaments have been held in Seattle, USA. This year's edition was the first in six years held outside the United States.
Valve has been open with plans to move the tournament in the wake of the president of the United States Donald Trump's ban on several countries with Muslim majority, which has made it difficult for many teams to get a visa to travel to the United States.
From now on, Valve has not yet announced when The International 201
OG vs PSG.LGD: International 2018
PSG.LGD will already make its places to avenge its European rivals at home ground next year, following their shock defeat to OG in the International 2018 grand final.
OG secured the biggest prize in esport's history with a 3-2 victory over LGD. It was despite the Chinese side that dominated games too much of the tie.
Read Final Kill's International 2018 final battle report here.