League of Legends team GAM Esports to miss MSI due to travel restrictions

Another huge blow for Vietnamese League of Legends fans

The golden MSI trophy

In yet another unfortunate turn of events for Vietnamese League of Legends, COVID-19 travel restrictions have ruled the VCS’ GAM Esports out of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational in Reykjavík, Iceland.

A statement has today been released by Riot, expressing the studio’s disappointment that, despite exploring “numerous solutions” to navigate national restrictions, the event will have to proceed without “one of our most passionate leagues.” GAM Esports will, at least, receive its full share of the prize pool as if it had participated.

This will be the second time the pandemic has resulted in the VCS side dropping out of international competition after it was unable to attend Worlds last year. Fortunately, while the absences of GAM and VCS Summer 2020 winners Team Flash last year required a rejigging of the Worlds format, the 2021 MSI group stage will proceed without any adjustments.

Group A – which was set to house GAM – will now only contain three teams, but two teams will progress to the knockouts as originally intended. Group A is now Royal Never Give Up, Unicorns of Love, and Pentanet.GG.

Although we won’t get to see GAM on the MSI stage this year, we can at least look forward to the other regional representatives taking to the Rift when the event kicks off on May 6.

Vietnamese League of Legends fans, however, will be crushed by the developments and their country’s lack of representation at international events.