Galaxy Battles organizers, Fallout Gaming release their official statement

Dota 2 Andreea “divushka” Esanu

Although Valve decided to rescind the Major Status of Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, the event organizers announce their decision to go on with the tournament according to the established schedule.

According to the Fallout Gaming official statement, the regulations set by the Philippines  Games and Amusement Board, which include a drug testing for THC and methamphetamine hydrochloride, are mandatory for all the teams attending the event and Fallout Gaming welcome the initiative they believe it’s “a step towards the right direction to legitimize esports.”. “We are currently working hard to promote a stronger and healthier gaming community, says the Fallout Gaming Managing board, the full statement being the following:

We at the Galaxy Battles Management respect the decision made by the Valve Corporation to withdraw the Major status of the upcoming Galaxy Battles II, at the Philippine Arena on January 19th - 21st, 2017. Rest assured, the event will go on as scheduled.

The decision was made on Friday morning, January 5th, 2017, by the Valve Corporation, the parent company and developer of DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) in light of the recent events that has happened between the Galaxy Battles Management and the Games and Amusement Board of the Philippines.

We had secured the requirements set by the Games and Amusement Board of the Philippines and we continue to comply with its rules and regulations. In line with this, we encourage teams and its individual members to abide by the laws of every country they are competing at.

Our company feels that this regulation is a step towards the right direction to legitimize esports. We are currently working hard to promote a stronger and healthier gaming community.

In compliance with the Philippine government, the Galaxy Battles Management believes that following regulations will help shape the future of esports. We feel that regulations would lead towards the right direction to legitimize esports.

We firmly believe that there is a way to develop a healthy esports community in Southeast Asia. This can be accomplished through a head start at Galaxy Battles II in order to usher a new beginning for esports.

We thank you for your continuous support.

For updates, kindly visit our official Facebook page: facebook.com/GalaxyBattles

In the past 48 hours, three teams already announced their withdrawal from Galaxy Battles, citing that their main focus is on the Pro Circuit and its TI8 qualifying points. Virtus.pro, Team Liquid and Team Secret are the three who already dropped out. Fallout Gaming haven’t announced if they plan to keep the 16 teams line-up for the event and replace those who withdrew or if they will shorten the participants list. With Valve revoking the Major status comes a half of million dollars prize pool cut, but the organizers are also yet to release the new prize pool and the distribution of it. The event will kick off on the 15th of January which leaves a couple more days for all the missing information to be cleared out.


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  • Kame "xylarism" Kamilang ,
    I dont understand what is the point in making esports legit in the first place ? what purpose would it serve ?
    • luke "ukek" oktavian ,
      its even in the featured post.. people are trying to leveled Esport with real sports.. if they can't even get through this, don't even think of people would take us seriously. I assumed that's their point
  • Eraneh "Eraneh" Eraneh ,
    "In line with this, we encourage teams and its individual members to abide by the laws of every country they are competing at." Get off your high horse. In many countries marijuana is legal, but the tests pick it up long after its use. Pinoy law is not international law.
    • luke "ukek" oktavian ,
      i'm no filipino, but i can understand that right now they are fighting against drugs or so on... they got to be strict to make a point of "this is what we are doing and we are taking it really seriously". Other countries legalized weed? thats cool.. not right there, they can't just let their guard down for the sake of gaming industry.. Sure they will get lots of money out of that event, but then what? They have bigger problem going on and i'm glad that they are not backing off..
      • Eraneh "Eraneh" Eraneh ,
        That's not my point at all. Good on them for enforcing their laws, but they should expect this backlash. My point, though, was that they're telling other people to follow other countries laws while ignoring other countries laws. In other countries, if its legal, then you can take it. If you've taken it in a country where its legal, travel to a country where its illegal, and get drug tested? The country where it's illegal is ignoring the laws of the country where its legal. Again, all good on them for enforcing it. But you can't expect other people's and countries to follow *your* laws in *their* country.
        • Ai "Sorrynomore" Weiei ,
          Your point actually nullifies your own point, you're telling Philippines, as a country, to follow other country's laws while ignoring it's own law. That's stupid! Philippines has it's own law which is against methamphetamine. Who the hell are you to tell the Philippines to follow other countries laws? Each country has its own sovereignty. Valve should respect that. Besides, I hope you are well-educated enough and aware that using Methamphetamine can lead to death. By the way, are you some kinda expert lawmaker? or just a 1k mmr talking shits about law. LOL. Put down your weed bro! The Philippines will not change its policy just because of this event.
          • Eraneh "Eraneh" Eraneh ,
            No, it doesn't, you're still not comprehending the point. Do you know how long marijuana can stay in your system for? "As a rough guide: if you smoke the occasional joint, weed will stay in your system for up to 10 days. If you smoke regularly, up to 45 days and if you smoke constantly, 90 days." If you're anti drugs, hooray, go you. But you can't enforce your ideals on others, so they are well within their rights to withdraw. And they're also well within their rights never to attend an event in your country. They're not using methamphetamine, they're using weed. Stop being a drama queen. And yes, I'm involved in law making processes in my country, but I still don't think that gives me more right to tell you how your laws should function. It doesn't change the point, though, that to expect others to follow your laws when they're in another country is stupid as shit. If they wanna smoke weed where its legal, they can. But if that means they'll fail a drug test 45 days later which will get them incarcerated and possibly executed? Na, fuck that. You have fun in your country not smoking weed, but professionals are well within their rights to avoid your legislation. And valve are well within their rights to withdraw support from tournaments where money making teams will not attend.
            • Chuan "Synonymous" Collins ,
              Dude, you sound so fake and paranoid. Did you just say "They're not using metamphitamine, they're using weed."? Wt..f. How do you know these players withdrawn because they smoke weed? Enlighten me! Kappa! Hahaha
          • Toco "Toco_" !!! ,
            so the philipines will lose its events by a retarded drug policy. its all on them


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