Apr 13, 2019
If you’ve been looking forward to securing an early ticket to The International 2019 in August in Shanghai, you might not want to get your hopes up as far as getting the ticket just yet. Apparently, interested buyers will have to wait until May to purchase tickets for Dota 2’s
biggest annual event. With the usual venue, the Key Arena in Seattle, under renovation, Valve have had to look elsewhere for the past two years. Last year, Valve took Dota 2’s
marquee event to the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. This year, the venue will be the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. Because of this, Valve initially had planned on working with the Alibaba-owned Damai as its ticketing partner. However, Valve have since made other plans.
Scammers and Scalpers
You can’t exactly blame Valve too much for choosing not to work with Damai going forward. Two years ago, the tickets for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship, which was held at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, were sold via Damai. Just mere moments after being made available for purchase, bots made by scalpers had bought majority of the tickets already. It was the same story with the Chongqing Major earlier in January 2019. Instead of the usual 599 yuan (roughly around $90 USD) tickets, scammers and scalpers had jacked up the price more than three times over at 2,000 yuan (roughly around $300 USD).To make matters worse, both events had to deal with a tremendous amount of fake tickets as well. Because of this, Valve made the decision to look for other ticketing platforms to make sure that the same thing does not happen to The International 2019.
When Will TI9 Tickets Be Available for Purchase?
At this point, no one can really tell when Valve intends on putting up the tickets for The International 2019 for sale. However, it should be safe to assume that it won’t be anytime soon, and June would be too late already. This makes May the ideal month for when the tickets for The International 2019 will go live. To say that China is Dota 2’s
biggest market out of all the six competitive regions is only fitting. This is likely why Valve decided to choose Shanghai as the venue for The International 2019. Unfortunately for Valve, their decision to take Dota 2’s
biggest annual tilt overseas has not gone as smoothly as they’d like it to.So far, Valve has had to worry about scalpers and scammers inflating ticket prices and the local government intervening, as was the case with TNC Predator’s Carlo “Kuku” Palad earlier this year. Because of this, many fans are starting to wonder if whether or not it would be better for Valve to cancel their initial plans and bring The International back to the US once again.