Visa Issues Plague Space Soldiers – What Next?
Ahmed Cayli has announced in an interview with The Score Esports that Space Soldiers will be unable to attend the DreamHack Montreal event due to visa issues.
As the organization is based in Turkey, Cayli explained that both the managers and players on the team would be required to apply for a visa before being able to compete.
Visas for Turkish applicants generally take around 2 weeks. In Space Soldier’s case, as they only qualified for the DreamHack Montreal on August 27th, they simply don’t have the time to get their application through.
And even if their visas were processed slightly quicker, the event begins on the 8th September, proving an impossible situation for the CSGO outfit.
Qualifiers A Wasted Time For Space Soldiers
Space Soldiers had originally qualified through the DreamHack Montreal 2017: EU Closed Qualifier, taking first place by defeating both Team Kinguin and HellRaisers – putting in solid performances throughout.
Cayli expressed the team was truly sorry towards the fans and expected them to show at Dreamhack, stating that they deserve to be there. Frankly, the team truly does deserve to play in the event and finally break out of their EU shell.
Visa Issues No Shock To Fans
Visas have always posed a huge problem to professional esports players.
Fans and players alike have argued in the past that teams – especially those in travel-restricted countries – should be allocated adequate time to organize visas.
Other outfits have suggested that travel restrictions should be lifted altogether for esport professionals, much like those who compete in other professional sports, such as football.
The situation surrounding Space Soldiers has at least opened up the debate and organisers will now be forced to reconsider the time given between qualifiers and the main event.
DreamHack Montreal 2017 – Event Information
The DreamHack Montreal 2017 is one of the largest esport events of the year and will offer a $100,000 prize pool. It will run over three days, from the 8th to 10th of September and features eight of the best CSGO teams.
Six teams are directly invited, while a single team from EU and NA will compete – having earned a place through their regional qualifiers.
All six invitations have been sent, but only five have accepted so far, due to Space Soldiers inability to compete.
Teams competing so far:
- Cloud 9
- Counter Logic Gaming
This year’s line-up brings together some of the largest names in CS:GO. Audience turnout is expected to be huge, with tens of thousands of fans set to pass through over the three day event. Overall, it’s looking like an exciting event for fans and players alike.