Jess Colwill, February 20, 2017

EDward Gaming pull out of Katowice due to visa troubles

EDward Gaming have regretfully announced that they will be unable to attend the upcoming IEM League of Legends finals in Katowice due to visa concerns.

EDG were due to travel to Poland for the event in just two days, from February 22 to 26. They have stated on their Weibo that they have had difficulty obtaining the necessary visas and will be unable to get their hands on them in time for the finals.

“Notice: Due to visa issues, EDward Gaming’s League of Legends team will withdraw from the IEM event,” the post reads. “EDG were scheduled to travel to Poland for the IEM Finals from February 22 to February 26, but because of player visa conditions, visas cannot be obtained before the day of the event.

“We regretfully withdraw. EDG wish to say sorry to the event sponsors and fans, and we hope that the event is still a successful one.”

Tournament organizers ESL have been scrambling to find a replacement on such extremely short notice. Their first choice was Brazilian team Red Canids who chose to decline the invitation in order to focus on their goal, the Mid-Season Invitational in April.

The IEM Twitter account has since announced that Hong Kong Esports will be taking EDG’s place.

Last week, Cloud9 also pulled out at the last minute to “focus entirely on maintaining their undefeated record” at the NA LCS and were replaced by G2 esports.

Thanks to Yahoo! Esports for the translation.

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.