Today, Ukraine has officially banned the entry into its territory for men with Russian citizenship aged 16 to 60 years. What does that mean for esports?
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced that within the framework of the martial law imposed for 30 days, men from Russia aged 16 to 60 years are not allowed to enter the country.
This may affect participants in local esports tournaments. In December, Ukraine will host a LAN qualification to the PUBG Europe League. From June 3rd to 5th of December Ukraine will host a Dota 2 major qualifier to The Bucharest Minor.
It is also worth noting that Natus Vincere’s Dota 2 are spending their bootcamp in Kiev, and in their composition, there are two Russian players, Eugeny “Chuvash” Makarov and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev.
The State Border Service said that exceptions could be made if the trip was of a “humanitarian nature”.
“In the event of a humanitarian situation, we pass citizens of the Russian Federation who go, for example, to a funeral or for some other humanitarian purpose,” said the head of the state border service Pyotr Tsigykal.
The upcoming PUBG Europe League qualifier in Kiev will see 32 invited and online qualifier teams will play for 10 spots in the PUBG Europe League and 6 in the Contenders League. Many Russian teams are supposed to attend the event, including some of the favorites, M19 and forZe.
Natus Vincere, Ukrainian organization with many Russian players in its ranks responded for comment:
“We now have two bootcamps for CS and Dota 2, after which players will play in the final tournaments of the calendar year. More bootcamps this year are not planned, and then we expect that strict restrictions will be lifted and our players will be able to work in the usual format.”
As part of Na`Vi Dota 2 two Russians play alongside them — Yevgeny “Chuvash” Makarov and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev; in the CS: GO team — Yegor “flamie” Vasiliev and Denis “electronic” Sharipov. The PUBG team is fully equipped with the Russian players. NaVi’s Dota 2 team are currently preparing to play in qualifications for the Major in Bucharest, which will take place from December 3 to 5. The CS: GO lineup in December will have 2 departures — to Portugal and Denmark.
The hope is for the restriction to be lifted after 30 days, however, if it were not to happen it might put the Starladder Major, which is scheduled for June, in jeopardy.
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