The show must go on; OG, EG and others confirm participation in Galaxy Battles II
On the heels of Valve's decision to cancel their partnership with and remove Major status from Galaxy Battles 2018 on January 5th , multiple teams began to withdraw from the event - mostly citing lack of status in Pro Circuit and TI8 qualifying points. Valve's decision seems to be based on regulations set by the Philippines Games and Amusement Board, which include a drug testing for THC and methamphetamine hydrochloride being mandatory for all the teams attending the event - thus infringing on player's right to privacy.
Shortly after the mass exodus of teams and amid multiple questions and concerns about the tournament organizers issued a response and an official statement.
While half of the teams withdrew, the other half remained committed to their local fans and decided to compete. OG was the first to announce their positive intentions.
Johan "n0tail" Sundstein and Gustav "s4" Magnusson will not be attending the event due to "logistical reasons" and will be replaced by the team's coach Sébastien "7ckngMad" Debs and Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann.
Other teams began to follow in their steps making official statements, reassuring fans of their participation.
The tournament is expected to still take place but with a $500,000 prize pool and adjusted format and team lineup. Tickets are still available and refunds for purchased tickets are being offered with more information forthcoming on the Galaxy Battles official Facebook page: facebook.com/GalaxyBattles.
Galaxy Battles II confirmed teams: