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Bad news for Filipino fans - Galaxy Battles to lose its Major status

With the declaration of esports professionals as 'athletes' in the Philippines requiring them to be subjected to drug testing, Valve has decided to revoke Galaxy Battles' Dota Pro Circuit status. July saw the Philippine government grant the 'athlete' status to esports players, a move which helped teams like Execration and TNC Pro Team to participate in the International without any hassles for visas.

However, this now also means that esports competitors will have to obtain a professional license from the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), the requirements of obtaining which include drug testing for THC (which is found in marijuana) as well as for methamphetamine hydrochloride, found in most of the treatments for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Describing these regulations as "unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country", Valve has decided to cancel their partnership with Galaxy Battles 2018, to be held in Ciudad de Victoria from the 15th of January to the 21st of January of this month. Galaxy Battles will no longer be a Major or part of the Dota Pro Circuit and it will be replaced soon by another tournament which will hold the Major status and include the same teams that formed the lineup for Galaxy Battles 2018.

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