ViCi Gaming are one of the best CS:GO teams in Asia, but they've been forced to pull out IEM Katowice after a player failed to obtain a visa in time.
In a post on IEM’s official Twitter, they announced ViCi Gaming would be replaced by Asian Qualifier runner-up TYLOO, confirming they had been in bootcamp in Ukraine for 11 days.
While not naming the player in question, a follow-up tweet explained the visa appointment was “postponed due to the Coronavirus situation in China”.
It is with great regret to announce that one of @VICI's player is unable to get his VISA in time for #IEM Katowice 2020. They will be replaced by the runner-up of the Asian Qualifier @tyloogaming, who have been bootcamping in Ukraine since 11 days ago. pic.twitter.com/hBCdFk2X3h— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 13, 2020
TYLOO are considered one of the best teams in the Asia region, although they recently lost top player Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand who moved to Gen.G in December last year.
IEM Katowice sees 16 of the best CS:GO teams in the world compete for a $500,000 prize pool, with the winner receiving $250,000.
You can check out a full list of competing teams below.
- 100 Thieves
- Evil Geniuses
- FaZe Clan
- G2 Esports
- MAD Lions
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
The event also recently announced their talent line-up, featuring OJ Borg, Stunna and Frankie Ward and more.
We are delighted to announce our talent lineup for #IEM Katowice 2020!— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) February 13, 2020
Please give a warm welcome to all these fantastic faces! @OJBorg @getfrank @stunna @SPUNJ @Pimp_CSGO @Maniac_CSGO @HenryGcsgo @MACHINEgg @OnFireAnders @MosesGG @JKaplan @Tombizz pic.twitter.com/gyyIBN7bTV
IEM Katowice takes place from 24th February to 1st March. You can check out our guide to the event.