Dota 2 publisher cites new government regulations, player privacy concerns as main reason for revocation.
Big news for the Pro Circuit today, as Valve announces that the upcoming Galaxy Battles II event in the Philippines will no longer hold a designation as a Pro Circuit Major. This announcement comes in the wake of Valve’s confirmation of new government regulations for esports players entering the country which the publisher feels infringes upon the privacy of players.
The removal of the Major status and the backing of Valve is a significant blow to the event, which was due to begin on January 15th, just a week after the current Captains Draft 4.0 Minor. While the removal of Valve involvement in the event does strip the Galaxy Battles II tournament of its Qualifying Points and $500,000 in prize money, the event itself his not necessarily cancelled. We will see if there is any statement from the tournament organizers regarding changed plans for the event.
Meanwhile, Valve stated that it is attempting to speak with various tournament organizers to run a replacement Major that involves all of the would-be attendees, in an effort to retain the Qualifying Points that would have been available at the Galaxy Battles II Major.