Due to issues with acquiring visa to China Gambit CS:GO will not attend Asia-Pacific qualifier for World Electronic Sports Games 2017 that will take place in Changzhou on January 9 - 14.
In 2016 China toughened visa acquisition process for residents of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Chinese consulate implemented limitations towards citizens of Kazakhstan acquiring both tourist and work visas.
As you may know Gambit CS:GO players have been residing on a permanent basis in Kiev for over a year, consequently all of them have already acquired residence permits in Ukraine. In order to apply for visas to China from Kiev Gambit’s players had to receive special invitations with barcode from tournament organizer, but, unfortunately, WESG representatives weren’t able to provide them.
We’d like to highlight that this unfortunate situation has an upside. Gambit CS:GO will be able to practice with an entire line-up for ELEAGUE Major Boston for 13 rather than 4 days.
Reigning Major champions began practicing on January 3, and from today up until January 15 they will be boot camping in Kiev. Team’s departure to the US is scheduled to January 16.