On October 3, Valve announced that TI10 will not have a live audience due to health concerns, and that all ticket purchases will be fully refunded.

Citing the rising COVID-19 case numbers in Romania, as well as concern for the safety of the players, staff, and talents, it will be the first Dota 2 International without a live audience.

Dota 2 teams and talents react to the news of not having an audience at TI10

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Credit: Valve

Quincy Crew, one of the three teams from North America that qualified through the DPC, took the chance to thank fans for their support during this difficult time.

Quincy Crew tweet about no audience TI
Credit: Quincy Crew

Team Undying, another team from North America, wanted to ensure that their fans were aware of this change so they can adjust their plans on time.

Team Undying Tweet about no TI Audience
Credit: Team Undying

PSG.LGD, one of the strongest teams attending the tournament, reminded everyone to stay safe. In fact, PSG.LGD has gone through great lengths to ensure their player’s safety, such as refusing to use the hotel’s air conditioning.

PSG.LGD tweet about no TI10 audience
Credit: PSG.LGD

Ted “PyrionFlax” Forsyth, one of the hosts for TI10, took this as a challenge to put on the best show possible for the fans.

PyrionFlax tweet about no TI audience
Credit: PyrionFlax

Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner, the owner of team Arkosh, and a host for TI10 lamented at the loss of a crowd this year, which only fuels his fire to hype up the event more.

SirActionSlacks tweet about no ti10 audience
Credit: SirActionSlacks

TI10 will begin on October 7. Catch more epic Dota 2 action in the Heroes of the Game documentary, presented by Foodpanda.

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