Threat of visa restrictions raises concerns about Seattle hosting ‘Dota 2’ video-gaming competition

Executives at Bellevue gaming giant Valve say they would consider moving their flagship e-sports tournament from Seattle if it became harder to get the tournament’s players and fans into the country.

Another potential casualty of President Trump’s suspended travel ban is The International, the annual competitive video-gaming competition that draws thousands of spectators to Seattle for a weeklong tournament.

The tournament, held at KeyArena in recent years, features teams of professional players squaring off in “Dota 2,” the online multiplayer personal computer game. Thousands of spectators pay to watch. Many of the teams and their fans fly from outside the U.S. to participate in the event, a cornerstone of the world of e-sports, as competitive video gaming is known.

Executives at Bellevue-based Valve, maker of “Dota” and…

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