Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) announced that a few core players on its Rainbow Six Siege roster have been denied visas for an upcoming tournament in Japan. The team manager revealed on social media that two players and one coach were facing visa problems, just days before the event starts.
— NiP BOB (@bobcsgo) November 4, 2019
NiP team manager Andres “Bob” Cardoso stated that players João “Kamikaze” Gomes and Julio “JULIO” Giacomelli had been denied visas to Japan. In addition, coach Arthur “Ar7thur” Schubert was also denied. He later followed up this tweet with a possibility that Kamikaze and JULIO could still secure a visa by visiting the Japanese consulate. Ar7thur wasn’t mentioned, but if this solution works out, at least the players could receive their visas by Wednesday.
The main issue raised by Ninjas in Pyjamas is that it was initially esports tournament organizer ESL that was in charge of securing visas for the team. Several players from esports organizations FaZe Clan and DarkZero confirmed this statement. However, ESL allegedly communicated last minute that the teams were in charge of the visas instead. The specifics of the situation have not been disclosed, but ESL was likely rejected by Japan themselves.
With Kamikaze and JULIO potentially gone, the roster could still substitute in Guilherme “gohaN” Alf, but it would also need another player. FaZe Clan had a similar issue with one of their players. The North American esports organization resolved it by temporarily bringing on retired Rainbow Six Siege and current Apex Legends professional player Nino “ninexT” Pavolini.
Ninjas in Pyjamas face North American organization Team Reciprocity in their first match. With such a handicap, the Latin America division first seed may not have a smooth ride. Season 10 of the Rainbow Six Pro League takes place between Nov. 9 – 11, at the Aichi Sky Expo in Tokoname, Japan. Eight teams will compete in a single-elimination best-of-three bracket for a $626,000 prize pool.
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