Gabe Newell says Valve may move the Dota 2 The International series outside of the United States where frequent visa restrictions often occur.
The TI series has been held annually since 2012 at Seattle,despite recent visa restrictions Issued by President Donald Trump may have caused Valve to postpone the tournament outside of the country.
Newell and Valve’s executive Eric Johnson, said at a press conference (via Polygon) about Trump’s travel restrictions that may affect tournament competitions in This year And may have to move outside of the United States
Johnson said that Visa restrictions “It’s a problem for tournaments” and it has always been a problem in the past. A senior Washington state politician said that he had proceeded to coincide with his fellow players.
Newell added that Lack of awareness about esports can create problems. While the cross-border officials did not fully understand the situation of the players Most of them are still teenagers and do not have much ties with the United States.
He also revealed that some Valve officials born outside the United States. Was afraid that he would not be able to return to his home country, fearing he would not be allowed to return to the United States again
Newell said “There are still some competitions held outside of the United States. And in the beginning We all said, ‘Wait, they can’t go because they can’t come back.’ And that’s the problem. It’s not just employees that aren’t confident in their future. But also Valve employees themselves. This is our concern. ”
Donald Trump’s ban on immigration will have a detrimental effect on the esports community. Arman “Phenom” Hanjani, Street Fighter V player and Super Smash Bros Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad, Wii player. U was excluded from entry into the country as a result of the new US policy.