Visa Challenges Hinder European Esports Squad’s ALGS Split 1 Playoff Participation

Due to issues with obtaining visas, several Apex Legends teams that had previously qualified for the ALGS Split 1 Playoffs have been forced to either withdraw from the competition or deploy substitute players.

Playoffs for the Apex Legends Global Series Split 1 will take place in London on February 2, and forty teams will be battling for first place. However, there will be some teams and players that are unable to take part in the competition owing to visa issues. These teams and players have already qualified for the event.

There have been difficulties obtaining visas for the United Kingdom for several teams, including DEWA United, Fire Beavers, and Pioneers.

Visa problems in the ALGS Split 1 Playoffs affect several teams

The European esports squad Fire Beavers will be competing in the ALGS Split 1 Playoff with two players from the Russian Federation. Svyatoslav “ojrein” Korochinsky, announced on his Twitter account that he would not be able to participate in the competition because he was unable to secure a visa in time.

Because of difficulties obtaining a visa, the veteran Ukrainian player Maksym “Max-Strafe” Stadniuk had to be replaced with a stand-in player before the competition.

The two other teams with Russian players, Alliance and Aurora, will also have difficulties securing their player’s visas in time for the competition. Both clubs have yet to disclose whether or not they intend to employ substitutes, nor have they commented on whether or not the method has been complex up to this far. Before the ALGS Championship in 2022, the requests of the Aurora players to obtain travel passes to the United States were denied.

One of the content creators for TSM, Mikkel ‘Mande’ Hestbek, is currently being discussed as a potential replacement for Alliance. Miron “Effect” Novikov, a Russian player, is the one he might replace. On Liquidpedia, Effect is no longer associated with a certain country since he “does not wish to be represented by the flag of the Russian Federation.”

However, due to unforeseen circumstances, DEWA United was compelled to withdraw from the competition. The news that one of his players was unable to secure a visa was broken on February 3 by the head coach of the team, Fajar “Salvatore” Rofianto. As a result, the group was forced to withdraw from the competition.

The ALGS Split 1 Playoffs will take place from February 2 through the 5th, with a total prize pool of $1 million up for grabs for the qualified teams.

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