Xiao8 Explains How Valve Plans to Deal With Infected Players at TI10
PSG.LGD’s coach, Zhang "xiao8" Ning provided an update regarding the way in which the players from Team Aster and Invictus Gaming, who have been diagnosed with the virus, will play at The International 10 (TI10). On Weibo, xiao8 stated that after speaking with Valve, he learned that infected players will be able to compete online. However, how this will be accomplished is not yet known, as xiao8 said it is still in the planning stage. TI10 is scheduled to kick off three days from now, on 7th Oct 2021.
Invictus Gaming and Team Aster players are expected to compete online at TI10
Xiao8 took to Weibo on 3rd Oct 2021 to inform his fans that he had arrived at the official team hotel in Bucharest, Romania and that he had been isolated after his PCR test. Within a short time, he left a comment stating that if the infected players continue to be positive, they can play online at TI10.
So far, a total of 14 members of the Chinese contingent of TI10 have tested positive. A total of ten (the entire playing roster) belong to Team Aster, and the remaining four are from Invictus Gaming (only Thiay "JT-" Jun Wen and Jin "flyfly" Zhiyi are on the playing roster). When TI10 begins on 7th Oct, all these members will have most probably crossed seven to ten days since their diagnosis.
The majority of the other teams competing at TI10 have reportedly arrived at the team hotel in Bucharest, Romania as of 3rd Oct 2021.
As Valve announced earlier on 3rd Oct, there won't be a live audience at TI10 due to the recent surge in virus cases in Romania along with a new set of local restrictions. The decision was made to ensure the safety of the participating teams, talent, and staff. Refunds will be issued automatically to all ticket holders in light of the recent situation.
Even without a live audience, TI10 will finally begin on 7th Oct and run for 10 days until 17th Oct. The group stage will be held from 7th to 10th Oct at the team hotel. The Main Event will then take place at the Arena Nationala Stadium from 12th to 17th Oct. The 18 teams will all be competing for the first prize, which offers the astonishing prize money of $18,208,300 USD.