Your team has qualified for the biggest eSports tournament in history, all that’s left to do is make your way to the event and compete for part of a prize pool of almost $10 million, or so two Asian teams thought.
According to PC Gamer, posts on the LiquidDota forums confirmed that Dota 2 team CIS-Game were denied US visas, with ‘no reason for the denial except an apology.’ The team are currently in the process of re-applying for their visas.
The most popular MOBA in eSports, League of Legends, is already recognised as a pro sport in the US, so that means international competitors can apply for a working visa, making it easier to travel and compete. Hopefully Dota 2, with it now offering the largest prize pool eSports history, can be recognised in the same way.
Here’s hoping that CIS-Game are successful with their second visa application, as the International 2014 begins in just three weeks on 18 July.