The United States has denied visas to four of the six original members of the Chinese Overwatch World Cup team. In light of the unforeseen issue, the regional roster has no other choice but to proceed with substitutes from other esports organizations.
He “zhufanjun” Junjian and Huang “leave” Xin will be the only ones from the original national squad to take the stage next week for the finals. They will be joined by players picked up from LGD Gaming, Miracle Team One, and Oh My God.
Those filling in are highly skilled as well, but it remains to be seen if they will prove to be as dominant as the original roster showcased in the earlier qualifiers. There is also the matter of chemistry between the players, and bringing up the sudden inclusions up to date with whatever compositions and strategies they have in mind for the tournament.
This is not the first time that a professional Overwatch player has been denied entry into the United States. Last month, Denis “Tonic” Rulyov traveled all the way to Ukraine to apply for a visa. His application was rejected and as a result, he was unable to participate in the Overwatch Contenders finals in Los Angeles, California.
Blizzard has ambitious plans to develop Overwatch into a global esports phenomenon. However, such visa problems are only going to stand as mighty obstacles in the future unless something is done immediately. The community has requested the developer to take the matter into serious consideration and chalk out a solution for the international players.
The Overwatch World Cup is scheduled to take place from November 3-4 at BlizzCon 2017 in Anaheim, California.