Although Fallout Gaming has decided to go through with the event, several teams have made social media posts revoking their participation in the event.
In light of the recent announcement, we will not be attending the Galaxy Battles Major.https://t.co/h9L6MbpmHg— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) January 5, 2018
Virtus Pro has also confirmed that they will not be participating in Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds through a Press Release on their website.
Optic Gaming’s manager posted on twitter confirming their withdrawal from the event.
Due to the recent decision from Valve and after many conversations with our team, we have decided that the OpTic Dota 2 team will not be participating in the upcoming Galaxy Battles event in the Philippines.— Kodiak (@KodiakShroyer) January 6, 2018
Team Kinguin’s Manager too took to Twitter to confirm their withdrawal from the event.
We will not participate in the Galaxy Battles 2 tournament. We decided to focus on upcoming qualifiers, next lan event for us is SLTV Minor in Shanghai.— mr0 (@mr0dota) January 7, 2018
Even with so many teams dropping out from the event, Fallout Gaming has been making promotional posts on their social media confirming the teams that have decided to attend the event despite Valve’s withdrawal from the tournament.
The teams who will still be attending the event are:
We will be attending #GalaxyBattles with our full roster. We'll see you in Manila!— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) January 9, 2018
While Team Spirit, Infamous, Pain Gaming, TNC Pro Team and VGJ Thunder haven’t made any social media posts about their participation. Fallout Gaming has basically confirmed their presence in the tournament, via their promotional social-media posts. The omission of the LFY in these posts, also implies that the Chinese organization has decided to not fly-out to the Philippines.
In an interview with Unikrn, Fallout Gaming has ‘Mostly confirmed’ that they’ll refund the tickets of fans who no longer wish to attend the week-long event which kicks off on January 15th. According to the organizers, this is a sad, but fair measure, as Filipino fans of Dota 2 bought tickets for a home major to come see star teams with their superstar players. But with the withdrawal of so many teams, they might not want to attend the tournament.