Jess Colwill, February 1, 2017

Donald Trump's Travel Ban Blocks Esports Players From Attending Tournaments

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order has come down hard on multiple esports players, who find themselves unable to enter the United States to play at scheduled tournaments.

The 'travel ban' was signed in by President Trump on January 27 to "keep refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations out for three months," as described by CNN.

Vainglory player and GankStars co-owner Hamza "IraqiZorro" Najim, who is (as his name suggests) from Iraq, has found that he is now unable to return to the US as scheduled after his tour in Europe competing for GankStars Cerberus.

Leading Smash player Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad has also confirmed that he has been slapped with a travel ban due to the fact that he was born in Iran, even though he is a Dutch citizen.

IraqiZorro had planned to move back to the US to join GankStars Cerberus, but is now forbidden from entering the country at all, let alone moving there to take up residency.

“I think I'm still in the ‘shocked’ phase,” he wrote on Twitter this week, “where I'm not able to fully comprehend yet that this is indeed our current reality.”

The CEO of Vainglory developer Super Evil megacorp, Kristian Segerstråle, has spoken out against Trump’s order.

In a Medium post several days ago, he wrote: “For the many migrants, green card holders (such as myself), and holders of various visas at Super Evil Megacorp at the Lair and around the world the fact that something like this can happen is pretty scary. Both the order itself and all the rhetoric around it.”

“To anyone concerned about this; know that I will personally use all resources at my disposal to shield any staff and their families who might feel vulnerable as a result.”

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.