Unfortunately for 2021’s tournament, the in-person event has been cancelled. The International 2021 was supposed to be held in Romania, but due to the rising number of cases in the country, Valve has ultimately made the decision to scrap the event.
According to Valve, “We have been carefully evaluating the continued rise of Covid rates in Romania, as well as the resulting introduction of new local restrictions in Bucharest. To ensure the safety of all players, talent, and production staff participating in the event, we have decided to refund all ticket sales for The International 2021.”
Do keep in mind that the cancellation is only for the in-person event. The tournament is expected to continue to be held as previously planned on the 7th of October, so you can still watch the event from the various live streams that will be available. At the moment, the prize pool is still at a little over $40 million.