No VCS once more? The CEO of Riot’s global esports division says they are still trying to send teams to Worlds in 2022.
After hearing rumors that numerous teams from the area have had their visa requests denied, fingers are crossed for the VCS teams traveling to the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.
According to news site Bongdaplus, GAM Esports, the VCS Summer 2022 champions and top seed from Vietnam, apparently had their application for a visa to the United States rejected. Nevertheless, they still have two weeks to reapply for the visa. It is getting near to the competition, and the area runs the risk of missing Worlds once more since Saigon Buffalo apparently did not have a visa for Mexico.
According to https://t.co/ieBVcFyeiQ, GAM’s application for the US VISA has just been declined by the US Embassy. The reasons were not announced, but this means until now, GAM haven’t fulfill the necessary paper to the US for upcoming #Worlds2022 pic.twitter.com/WDtyrBjLw2
— Dat Nguyen (@ThanhDat712) September 10, 2022
The team is “working with the government reps to do whatever [they] can to get GAM to Worlds,” Riot Games’ global esports head Naz Aletaha said in a social media response to the reports. However, there is still a good chance that the visa is denied and both teams are unable to compete at the biggest tournament of the year.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19, the VCS has missed several international competitions and hasn’t been able to travel to a World Championship since 2019. The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational, where Saigon Buffalo advanced to the tournament’s Rumble stage, was the only foreign competition in which the VCS has been able to compete.