Valve Rescinds Major Designation For 'Dota 2' Tournament
Dota 2 publisher Valve has revoked the Major designation for the Galaxy Battles 2018 tournament in the Philippines due to new government regulations for esports players entering the country.
While Valve doesn't cite specific regulations, the Philippines requires athletes to get licenses from the Games and Amusement Board before competing in local events, according to ESPN. Before they can obtain a license, they must undergo mandatory drug testing. The tests reportedly screen for substances like THC and methamphetamine.
In a statement on Thursday, Valve says its decision to rescind Galaxy Battles' status was "based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country." It says the tournament can still proceed without any involvement from Valve or the Dota Pro Circuit. But, this means participating teams won't gain Pro Circuit points needed to qualify for Dota 2's biggest tournament, The International.
"This isn’t a reflection on how we feel about fans in the Philippines, and we are sorry for those that were planning on attending the event," Valve says.