“Chinese Teams will 99% not play in the Epicenter Major” says Former CEO of Epicenter

Vignesh Raghuram
13/Mar/2020 09:58 am

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Former Epicenter CEO and Esports Director of Sector Esports Mark Averbukh recently posted on his Telegram channel giving us updates on the CIS scene and the 4th Major of the season: Epicenter Major.

He revealed that the Chinese teams are 99% unlikely to compete in the Epicenter Major, citing the Russian Government’s recent order as the reason. The Russian government passed an order in February prohibiting the issuing of work, tourist, and student visas to Chinese nationals. So none of the 3 Chinese teams will be able to compete in this tournament.

However, he stated that the Major will still happen regardless of the teams attending. 

“I am sure that EPICENTER, which takes place during the May holidays, will not suffer, even if the zombies take to the streets. The only question is whether the players will be ready to go here and whether the Russian embassies will issue them visas.”

Averbukh also stated that the only way for Valve to ensure that the best teams qualify for The International 10 is by introducing the proposed Regional League DPC system, right away without waiting for the next season. 

Earlier, ppd also proposed that Valve should introduce the DPC system early.

However, he did not comment on the status of the ESL One: Los Angeles Major 2020.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.