smooya steps down to Chaos EC bench due to visa issues
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Owen "smooya" Butterfield has stepped down to the bench for Chaos EC and returned to the United Kingdom due to visa issues.
Announcement soon regarding my situation with being back in the UK for the near future— Owen Butterfield (@smooyacs) March 20, 2020
smooya joined Chaos EC as their main AWPer in January of this year and qualified for FLASHPOINT. Due to coronavirus concerns, FLASHPOINT 1 was moved from a LAN format to online.
smooya released a detailed statement via a Twitlonger on the struggles he is facing with getting his visa renewed:
Currently with all the COVID-19 stuff happening I've had to return to the UK since I have no more days left on my ESTA. I have already been approved for my P1 but the problem came when my interview got cancelled since the embassy in the UK is closed. So cant stay in America and have to wait for a new interview date. So until this whole situation is fixed I will be moved to the bench for @ChaosEC. They will find a replacement soon to help them finish the rest of @Flashpoint and any other events they have coming up. I should be back very soon, it sucks because we just got a roster I was happy with but its just a small set back! I'll be back soon boys, hold tight. Love Smoo xx
Due to this, Chaos needs a fifth, with the roster currently being:
- Anthony "vanity" Malaspina
- Joshua "steel" Nissan
- Cameron "cam" Kern
- Hunter "SicK" Mims
- Matthew "mCe" Elmore (Coach)
- Owen "smooya" Butterfield (Benched/Visa issues)
FLASHPOINT 1 is set to resume today, March 20, but Chaos EC isn't set to play until tomorrow, March 21. It is currently unclear who will fill in for smooya.