Valve is fairly consistent when it comes to announcing events for its esports, which typically leads to fans waiting until the end of the Dota Pro Circuit to hear details about The International. However, a new source has apparently leaked the location and general date.
John Patrick Lowrie, the man who gave life to Earthshaker, Storm Spirit, Pudge, and The International itself, posted on his Facebook page about upcoming Dota events he will be attending this year.
Along with the announcement that TI12 will be returning to Seattle and the United States in October for the first time since 2017, the president also confirmed that he will travel to Lima for the first South American Dota 2 Major later this month.
This isn't the first time that information has been leaked, with sources dropping hints at a possible return to Seattle right after TI11's closure last October. However, with TI's voice publicly sharing the information and not taking the post down, it feels like the leaks have more weight now.
If this information holds up, it is likely that the last days of TI12 will be hosted once again in Climate Pledge Arena, previously KeyArena.
Team Aster players allege that the organization owes them years of prize money and payments.
Lowrie's comment is also the first "confirmation" that Valve is likely to retain the October timeframe for TI12 after holding it down for a second consecutive year with TI11. The event should run from around October 15 to 30, depending on how rounds are handled.
Now, we just wait for Valve to make an official announcement, and perhaps reveal more information about the 2023 Dota 2 Battle Pass.