Teams are struggling to secure their TI5 visas. A couple of hours after Natus Vincere announced that Akbar “Sonneiko” Butaev’s US visa was denied for the third time, it is Vega Squadron’s turn to ask for Valve’s help. Semion “CemaTheSlayeR” Krivulya’s visa application was rejected once again and his chances to attend TI5 are growing dimmer by the day.
Vega Squadron – TI5 Wild Card series contenders, have made the announcement on their Twitter page:
CemaTheSlayer's US visa application has been rejected once again! Chances to go to TI are shrinking! Valve help! pic.twitter.com/70cz0mYB5S
— Vega Squadron (@VegaSquadron) July 13, 2015
TI5 visas status: Na’Vi and EHOME are also waiting for a miracle
Today, Akbar “Sonneiko” Butaev’s US visa has been denied for the third time. According to the team’s website, “reasons for rejection are unknown as of this moment, however, there will be another attempt for acquiring the visa and hopefully it will get processed”. If Sonneiko fails to obtain his US visa, Na’Vi will be left with limited options: they either find an approved replacement, or lose their TI5 spot altogether.
Chinese team EHOME is facing the same situation. Their mid player, Chen “Cty” Tianyu, got his US visa request denied, on July 6th. At that time, LGD’s Business Development Consultant, Orrin Xu, reported that the US Embassy “completely disregarded Valve’s invitation letter”. According to Xu, Valve have called the Embassy and the team have another appointment scheduled.
.@EHOMECN will go to the embassy tomorrow. Supposedly Valve called the shanghai embassy and spoke to an official there. Hope it works!!!
— Orrin Xu (@LGDnite) July 13, 2015
Unfortunately, since Dota 2 is not recognized as an official sport in the US – like Riot’s League of Legends is – there’s only so much Valve can do at the moment.