Team Empire has withdrawn from the MLG Pro League LAN finals to be hosted at X-Games in Austin, Texas, between June 5-7. This is the second team to withdraw from the event in less than a week, due to the inability to secure US visas.
MLG has announced that Ninjas in Pyjamas will replace Team Empire at the MLG Pro League LAN finals.
Vega Squadron were left with too little time to secure their US visas and were therefore forced to withdraw from the competition, on May 22. London Conspiracy – qualifier finals runners-up, will take Vega’s place in the LAN finals.
Neither London Conspiracy nor Ninjas in Pyjamas will have any issues traveling to the US, as both teams benefit from a 10-minute long simplified visa process, due to the Visa Waiver Program.
— MLG (@MLG) May 27, 2015
— MLG (@MLG) May 27, 2015
Team Empire’s visa issues
Visa issues are still killing esports #TheMoreYouKnow
— Team Empire (@team_empire) May 27, 2015
Team Empire’s recent success as MLG Columbus Pro League Champions had earned them a direct invite to the MLG Pro League to be held in partnership with ESPN X-Games. The team had grabbed their first 2015 championship title after defeating Evil Geniuses at the MLG Pro League in Columbus Ohio.
Empire were forced to enlist the help of Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov to stand in at the MLG Pro League Championships, when Maxim “Yoky” Kim had his US visa denied for the second time.
Team Empire, who are currently bootcamping in Kiev, Ukraine, have already been affected by visa issues this week, when Maxim “Yoky” Kim was turned back at the Ukrainian border.
Dota 2 visa issues in 2015
Teams attending the MLG Pro League LAN finals
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Malaysia
- London Conspiracy
- Summer’s Rift
MLG Pro League Season 2 prize pool and tickets
Back in March, ESPN and MLG announced plans to bring Dota 2 to X-Games for the first time.
The $75,000 base prize pool for Season 2 has already been brought to a total of over $141,000, through community contributions. In-game tickets are available for $9.99. The bundle grants the Devilish Conjurer Witch Doctor item set, the Devilish Conjurer loading screen, and the Grimsneer courier. 20% of the proceeds of each sale goes towards the MLG Pro League Season 2 prize pool, while 5% of the proceeds adds up to the World Championship prize pool at the end of 2015.
X-Games 2015 will take place in Austin, Texas, from June 4 to 7. Visitors should be prepared for a jam-packed few days of Skateboarding, BMX, Moto X, Rally Racing, eSports, and music. This year’s event will feature Grammy-nominated hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj as one of the headliners performing on the new Super Stage. Tickets for the X-Games 2015 are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.com, for prices ranging from $59 to $1,300. Fans will be able to watch the games on MLG.tv or through various MLG apps on smartphones and Xbox consoles. The event will also feature Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.