[click_to_tweet tweet=”The Philippines’s Clutch Guild will be missing their chance to compete in the first ever Arena of Valor World Cup.” quote=”The Philippines’s Clutch Guild will be missing their chance to compete in the first ever Arena of Valor World Cup.”]
Clutch Guild made headlines when they won the Arena of Valor Southeast Asia Regional Finals. However, the dream of becoming the first ever World Champions of AoV will not materialize for CG. After CG applied for their visa, the US Embassy to the Philippines denied their application. According to a Facebook video that the group posted via Garena AOV, their application was denied after the interview. As there are no more open slots for another application, they accepted that they won’t be able to compete anymore.
One of the concerns of esports players here is the difficulty of securing visas to compete in foreign countries. This issue, among others, is what the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) aim to address by giving licenses to esports athletes. However, many in the esports industry felt conflicted with the move, citing the high fees set upon by GAB for the licenses. Although not all players in the country have yet to secure GAB licenses, GAB requires players to have one if they want to compete in local professional tournaments. We have reached out to Garena AOV to ask whether or not the players already have their GAB licenses, but have not responded yet as of now.
On the same post, Clutch Guild also revealed who will be replacing them. They teased 813, Elespresso, TaintedOnes, Love, Lnky, Dusk and IB as representatives of Valiant Server in the World Finals. The tournament will have a total prize pool of $550,000 (~Php29,700,000), with the victors getting $200,000 (~Php10,600,000).