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The Philippines’ Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds event was going to be a Major with a $1 million prize pool and 1500 points split between the winners. However, Valve has rescinded this status following the confirmation of information surrounding certain government regulations. Said regulations are considered by Valve to be “unreasonable infringements on the privacy of players”. One of the core consequences of this ruling is that the tournament will no longer award points towards placement in The International 2018.

The blog post makes no mention of what the regulations are, but the likely candidate has been highlighted in this article at VPEsports and over at /r/Dota2. Players in the Major would be classified as “athletes” and must submit to a drug test upon entry to the country. The Philippines has been embroiled in a strict anti-drug campaign for some time now, recently shifting strategy towards appointing a dedicated anti-drug agency to combat drug crime rather than the regular police force.

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