An update on Team South Africa ahead of the Overwatch World Cup
In less than 48 hours Team South Africa starts their long journey to the Overwatch World Cup at Blizzcon in Los Angeles.
While there is excitement abound, it is also my difficult job to share some heartbreaking news with you.
Ruan "Senticall" Potgieter will not be travelling with the team on 28 October or competing in the competition. He has not been able to obtain a visa in time for the event. I'm not going to go into details at this time, as we are still in discussions with the US Consulate, but will offer insight in the next few weeks. Unfortunately there is no way to resolve any queries before the selected travel date.
This has not been an easy week for the team. We've spent weeks working with Senti to try align with the necessary travel document requirements and to have to admit defeat at the last moment is obviously heartbreaking and demoralising for all of us. For me personally, it has been extremely emotional. I promised this team I'd do everything in my power to get them to the World Cup and have tried everything in my means to assist Senti, to no avail. I'm devastated.
Our seventh player, Joshua "AshBro" Luttich will now move in to the main roster. The team have been working extremely hard for the last few months and AshBro has always known his role was the most high pressure, as he could be called on at any moment. He is ready to rise up to the challenge.
The journey to the Overwatch World Cup has not been easy for our country. We've fought hard to ensure we can represent South Africa and do the Overwatch and broader local gaming community proud. This coming week we will play in honour of Senti, who is still a valued member of the team.
None of this would be possible without the incredible support of our backers: ATK Arena, Goliath Gaming and Wistper Thank you for believing in our players and in South African Overwatch.
For those wanting to follow the journey we will document the next week on our relevant social media channels with live updates. Let's get to Blizzcon.
Tech Girl - General Manager Team South Africa