At the end of February 2020, Valve launched a call for applications for all cities around the world that would be interested to host the 11th edition of The International. With the deadline closing rather fast, on the 31st of March, the Ukrainian commentator and co-founder of Maincast Studio, Vitalii “v1lat” Volochai acted quickly to get the Kiev Mayor on board.
“We had a meeting today at the Kiev City Hall. The Idea of applying for #TheInternational2021 received support from the city, and we will actively work together with the city hall in order to bring TI to where it is time for him to visit,” posted V1lat on Twitter.
Two of the biggest CIS tournament organizers have their headquarters in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. StarLadder and WePlay! Esports both proved that they have the experience and the knowhow to organize esports events. StarLadder has been hosting tournaments since 2011 and activated in multiple esports titles, while WePlay! Esports have been around since 2012, but through the past year they made a very strong statement of what they are capable of offering in terms of production value for Dota 2 tournaments with their Bukovel Minor 2020 and the Tug of War: Mad Moon tournaments held at the beginning of 2020.
Mostly hosting Minor tournaments, Kiev was the destination for only one Major back in 2017. However, that one was organized by PGL. It was held at the National Palace of Arts, in a hall with a seating capacity of 3,700, which might be a bit too low for an event such as The International.
The Kiev Major 2017
Back in 2018, The International was held at the Rogers Arena from Vancouver, Canada, a venue with a capacity up to 18,000 seats, while in 2019, the Chinese community was able to witness for the first time the biggest esports event unfolding in Shanghai, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which can also welcome up to 18,000 visitors.
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