2 Blog announces the 2018 Galaxy Battles tournament will no longer be
considered a "Major," and the Dota 2 tourney will have to continue
without any involvement from Valve. They explain this is because of concerns
raised by new government regulations for esports players entering the
Philippines. Here are the details:
Based on information we’ve recently
confirmed regarding new government regulations for esports players entering the
Philippines, we have decided to rescind the tournament’s Major designation,
including the Pro Circuit qualifying points, for the Galaxy Battles 2018
tournament. This is based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the
privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country. The tournament
itself may still proceed, but without any involvement of Valve or the Dota Pro
Circuit. This isn’t a reflection on how we feel about fans in the Philippines,
and we are sorry for those that were planning on attending the event.
As a result, we’re talking to tournament organizers to try to find a way to run
a Major with the invited and qualifying teams, including the Pro Circuit points
that would have been available in Galaxy Battles 2018.
Might wanna make sure you know the facts before you start talking shit.
A drug test is required to enter the country. The country is known for human rights abuses and the killing of drug dealers and users. There's a fair chance the esports players could be a target. Therefore a little too dangerous to send 20 year olds that may just be on adderall or have any drugs in their system.