Half of the AVANGAR PUBG team reportedly got denied their visa to Germany in front of the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (PGI). They are one of the sixteen teams that qualified for the biggest PUBG tournament to date, awarding a total of $2,000,000 USD to the competing participants.
The team consisting of the two Kazakhs Zhandos “MuMiNo” Omarov and Adlet “keeN” Nurseitov as well as the two Russians Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov and Artem “DieZzz” Lipatov it’s new to visa issues. When the team qualified for the IEM Oakland Invitational in 2017, they’ve been disqualified by the ESL for not being able to provide travel documentation in time for the competition. There have been strict roster locks in place that didn’t allow roster changes in that matter.
Trufanov complained via Twitter that the German consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan delayed the process several times due to not receiving an, in their eyes, convincing invitation from PUBG Corp. regarding the PGI. However, an invitation to a four-day event held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena and the chance to compete for a $2,000,000 USD prize pool should be reason enough to take the matter seriously.
PUBG Corp. has signalized that they are looking into the case. Given the little time left before the tournament, the visa issue is most likely not going to be resolved. In that case, AVANGAR will field two substitutes during the tournament in Berlin.
Update: All four players received their visas in time so that AVANGAR can field their qualifying roster during the PGI 2018.