English broadcast team update
Earlier today, we've received information that ReDeYe, the host of the English panel for the Kiev Major, will not be in Kiev but will work remotely from an undisclosed location.
Sources, that asked to remain anonymous, said that about half of the English broadcast team, that is the analysts, will work remotely from the PGL studios in Bucharest, Romania. The content team and casters will be on the ground in Kiev. Earlier rumors has said that the on-site team will be smaller than during previous events, and this was what they were referring to.
So far we have not been able to get confirmation on if the Russian and Chinese panels will be hosted from a different location or the reason as to why this change has been implemented. We have, during the day, reached out to PGL asking for them to confirm these rumors and asked for an official statement on the matter but they have not gotten back to us yet. We will be updating this thread when/if they release a statement.
While the first ever major, the Frankfurt major, experimented with some casters not being on site, this will be the first Valve event where the English panel will not be on-site. After 6 iterations of The International and 4 majors they have decided to change the format.