Kadircan ‘Kadir’ Mumcuoğlu has been released from EG Academy’s League of Legends roster as a result of prolonged visa complications. The open jungler-spot will be filled by Andy ‘AnDa’ Hoang. The new member has been a free agent since November of last year, when he left 100Thieves Academy, prior to which he competed with their main team in LCS.

The removal of Kadir is the sixth roster change of EG Academy in the first month of 2020 alone. The Dutch talent joined the team earlier this month, but will see his tenure cut short on bureaucratic grounds. Kadir has previously played for ad hoc gaming, but joined EG Academy after half a year as a free agent. American viewers will probably remember him mostly for his three-month stint with OpTic Academy in 2018.

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EG’s visa complications do not end with the kick of Kadir, though. Shortly after announcing the change between Kadir and AnDa on twitter, Evil Geniuses posted another update, stating that Aidan Joseph ‘5fire’ Reckamp will compete with their Academy in the upcoming weeks as a stand-in for Ahmad ‘Giyuu’ Charif. The former Scouting Grounds talent will wreak havoc in the midlane, while Giyuu (formerly known as ‘Korean kid’) awaits his visa decision.


In a tweet, Kadir further explains the nature of his visa headache. He expressed shock that the American government’s decision to withhold a P1-visa will “deny him his future.” The P1-visa is a temporary athletic one, meant for professional athletes at an “internationally recognized level of performance.”

American visa policies hold major consequences for the eSports ecosystem. If Academy players are routinely dismissed as ineligible for P1-status, it will be harder for US organizations to attract the brightest talents of the scene. Eventually, it might halt the rapid rise of American League of Legends, both in terms of competition and talent development. Even established players, like Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen moving to Team Liquid, have faced inactivity and contract complications due to American visa policies.

The inconsistency in visa rulings is a problem for esports, not to mention the players who will return home emptyhanded. If League of Legends, and esports in general, is to flourish in the US and become the industry it’s already evolving into, there is no time for random government interventions. The visa status of eports athletes should be policed on a clear, consistent basis, so talents like Kadir and Korean kid can help the scene progress, maybe following in the footsteps of Germany's dedicated esports visas.

Source: EvilGeniuses, Kadir

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