In a string of daily withdrawals, Team Secret is the third team to pull out of NYC s2 in as many days. While both Fnatic and Evil Geniuses have cited visa problems, Team Secret has reported ongoing issues with the event. Three days are left until the event beings. As of now, six teams – Newbee, Team Empire, Digital Chaos, WarriorsGaming.Unity, Wings, LGD Gaming remain ready to compete for the $250,000 prize pool July 6th-10th in Shanghai, China. Two Chinese teams will qualify still to round out eight teams
Due to some ongoing issues with the event, our team has unfortunately had to withdraw from the upcoming Nanyang Championships tournament.
— Team Secret (@teamsecret) July 3, 2016
The reigning champions, Team Secret have announced that they will not be participating in NYC s2 set to start in only three days. The team has reported ongoing issues, but has not specified any additional details.
Team Secret will be replaced by another Chinese qualified team.
NYC s2 string of team bail outs
In May, Team Secret had confirmed they would be returning to defend their championship title. The Europeans seized the Nanyang Championships LAN title, after besting ViCi Gaming, 3:2, in Singapore, on November 1st, 2015.
Only days later, Evil Geniuses and Fnatic had confirmed that they would be participating in Nanyang Championships season 2.
However, on July 1, it was it was announced that Fnatic would be withdrawing from the event due to issues with Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti’s visa. As a result, NYC s2 organizers had replaced the Malaysian team with LGD Gaming.
Yesterday, organizers reported that Evil Geniuses notified Nanyang Championships of their decision to withdraw due to issues obtaining a visa for Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan. SumaiL has previously been able to obtain his visa to attend events, including his LAN Debut event with Evil Geniuses at DAC 2015 where the team took first place.
At the time of the North American’s withdrawal organizers announced the event would feature only six teams and not seek a replacement.
Nanyang Championships season 2
Newbee are still on track for their participation in Nanyang Championships season 2 along with Team Empire, Digital Chaos, Wings, WarriorsGaming.Unity and LGD Gaming.
The event is organized by KeyTV, the original partners hired for the Shanghai Major. KeyTV were fired after two days of incessant production problems disrupting the Shanghai Major Groupstage.
Nanyang Championships season 2 prize pool
- 1st place: $100,000 + 12% ticket sales
- 2nd place: $50,000 + 6% ticket sales
- 3rd place: $25,000 + 3% ticket sales
- 4th place: $10,000 + 2% ticket sales
- 5-6th place: $7,500 + 1% ticket sales
KeyTV is a Shanghai-based esports content producing company, focused on creating esports content such as tournaments, team videos, gaming livestreams and rebroadcasted content. The Chinese company employs a team of videographers, pre/post-production editors, writers and directors, casters and models. “KeyTV aims to be the first place fans think of to get their daily dose of eSport content.”
KeyTV’s most recent event was their brief stint with the Shanghai Major and prior to that the Nanyang Dota 2 Championships. NYC was their first Dota 2 championship LAN.
The company was also involved in VPGame Professional Invitational, with a prize pool of $24,500. Additional events include, but are not limited to: assistance during DAC, MSI Beat it, and WEC.
KeyTV were the original partners hired for the Shanghai Major. KeyTV were fired after two days of incessant production problems disrupting the Shanghai Major Groupstage.