Despite a 14-2 record and the second seed in the ESEA-Invite European division, VeryGames has informed the ESEA League that they will not be able to partake in the Season 14 LAN Finals in Dallas, Texas from August 16th-19th. The team only lost to Ninjas in Pyjamas, the only team to post two consecutive 16-0 seasons, and LDLC.com, the third seeded team.
The news comes after multiple teams in the European division were forced to back out of ESEA League following a slew of roster changes that left many European teams without the same players. The changes happened after rosters locked for Season 14, thus not allowing them to make changes in the League.
|Jerome "NiaK" Sudries released this statement about the situation:|
"First of all, we are deeply disappointed not to be able to defend our chances in the LAN finals for ESEA. The team was in good shape and we hoped to show a good performance. We also have great respect for the work around this competition which contributes greatly to the development of Counter-Strike in Europe and the USA.
Unfortunately for this edition, the final have been planned for the heart of summer vacation, and has resulted in doubling the price of airline tickets compared to the last season. For information purposes, the cost of travel exceeds $ 12,000 for our team. I alerted RegnaM, ESEA Community Manager form Europe, at the beginning of June so that the organization could anticipate this problem and proposes an alternative. Unfortunately, no solution has been found and we are now at the point where we cannot attend at all.
I hope with all my heart that the final will still take place in the best ways and that we will be able to work together to ensure that this situation does not happen again in the future."
It is ESEA League policy that if a team qualifies for the ESEA LAN and does not attend, that they will not be invited back for the following season. With a prize pool of $39,500, ESEA LAN is one of the largest events in the world. The ESEA League expanded to hosting a Global Finals in Season 13, allowing the best from Europe and North America to play each other on American soil.
It is currently unknown who might replace the team at the LAN Finals, but League Officials have already begun looking for a replacement.
Stay tuned to ESEA News for more details on the upcoming Season 14 LAN Finals in Dallas, TX.