The PUBG Mobile Club Open Spring Split is set to begin in Berlin, Germany, starting July 20th this year. Unfortunately, the three Indian teams that qualified for the split via the Indian qualifiers will not be able to make it to the $400,000 LAN in Berlin. They will instead take part in the prelims, which begins July 20th, from the NODWIN office in Delhi.
TeamIND, Indian Tigers, and Team SouL have all had their visas rejected. While TeamIND and Indian Tigers will have to play their prelims on the 20th from Delhi itself, Team SouL placed first in the qualifiers and earned a direct slot in the main event. They have till the 26th of July, i.e., the beginning of the main event, to reapply for their visas.
Sc0utOP of TeamIND revealed the situation for his own team and himself, while MortaL revealed details for Team SouL. According to MortaL, as he explains in the video, the reason for the visas being rejected is because of India’s lack of any governing body for esports. He mentions how it is easy for foreign players to come to India easily for tournaments because they have such governing bodies.
While Team SouL still have a chance to make it to the Berlin LAN, TeamIND and Indian Tigers will have to tough it out from India with a major disadvantage, high ping. The ping difference with the players in the EU could be the difference between winning and losing, and that’s without taking into account that some of the best teams in the world will be participating in the spring split including Team Secret, Nova, Purple Mood and more.