'Trick' Is Allegedly Ineligible For Worlds Due To Visa Difficulties

'Trick' Is Allegedly Ineligible For Worlds Due To Visa Difficulties

Written by 

Jack Marsh


12th Aug 2020 12:46

SK Gaming's Kim 'Trick' Gang-Yun is allegedly ineligible to play in the League of Legends World Championships, which is to be held in Shanghai, due to complications with his visa.

Due to be playing in the European Championship Playoffs to secure a place at the World Championships, SK Gaming have been hit with the complication of possibly losing their main jungler, if ESPN sources are to be believed. 

Marc 'Canee' Behrend has signed a contract until the end of the 2021 season for SK Gaming, as of August 4, who could come in to replace Trick, should SK qualify. 

The complication stems from the announcement that the League Of Legends World Championships 2020 will still take place in Shanghai, China, starting September 25.

With the event played in a bubble environment, akin to the NBA, Riot has been ensuring that players are legible to travel to Shangai with increased measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Reports suggest that Trick's passport would not allow him to travel to Shanghai.

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The reports suggest that when SK Gaming submitted their players' passports to Riot, Trick's had less than six months before its expiration. To comply with Chinese passport regulation, people applying for a visa to the country must have six months or more left their passports term.

The deadline to submit the passports to Riot for the visa's to be granted was by the end of July, and therefore Riot was left with no choice to deem him ineligible for the World Championships, even if he was granted an early renewal of his passport from the South Korean Embassy in Berlin (where Trick is currently located).

Should SK Gaming qualify for the World Championships, through a top-four finish at the summer playoffs, it will be the first time since 2014 that the organisation will be competing at a World Championship in League of Legends. Although it looks like they will be without their key jungler. 

Stay tuned at GGRecon for more League of Legends news.


All images via Riot Games

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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