Malaysia's managed to get two teams into the The International Dota 2 Championship (TI4) in Seattle, the first being Titan eSports who were invited to compete and the second being Arrow Gaming who had to beat off fierce competition by winning the Southeast Asian qualifiers round. But Arrow's chances of competing are dashed with their four members Kok 'DDZ' Yi Long, Chiok 'Xiangzai' Soon Siang, Chun 'Mozun' Kah Sheng and Fua 'Lance' Hsien Wan's visa applications being rejected on the basis of their age.
This time the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Malaysia has stepped in the way they did when Malaysian team Orange Gaming had the same problem with player Chong 'Ohaiyo' Xin Khoo. Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has already stated the ministry will do its best to help the affected team members of Arrow get their much-needed visas.
Valve will also help provide a stronger letter of invitation to the US embassy so that perhaps the gamers will have better luck at their second visa interview and promised to do its best to make sure the team makes it to perhaps the biggest ever online gaming championship with a more than US$6 million prize pool.
Will they follow in Orange's footsteps?
Last year Orange eSports made a strong showing at The International and won third place. Team Arrow has been touted as a strong challenger in the finals and it's hoped that the two teams will go far in the competition.
This year's tournament saw a massive crowdsourcing endeavour with the sales of the DoTa 2 compendium, where with each stretch goal being unlocked, the prize pool would increase as well as unlocking goodies for the players.
Will Malaysia's two teams reach Orange's previous heights (the team didn't make it to the championship this time around)? We'll have to wait and see in July when the tournaments are screened live in Dota 2 itself and its website.