Elevate removed from Six Charlotte Major after failing to secure US visas

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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The APAC team of Elevate is officially out of the Rainbow Six Charlotte Major, according to Ubisoft’s latest announcement.

With just two days left for the Six May Charlotte Major, Ubisoft has shared the unfortunate news that Elevate can no longer compete at the Six Charlotte Major due to being unable to travel to the United States.

“Today, we regret to announce that Elevate can no longer compete at the Six Charlotte Major.

Despite joint efforts with the team and our tournament organizer to facilitate and speed up their visa application process to enter the United States, their request has been denied.

Without the possibility for them to get a visa to enter Mexico in time for the beginning of the competition and in order to preserve the competitive integrity of this international competition, we took the difficult decision to remove the team from the Six Charlotte Major. With the competition starting this Monday, Elevate will not be replaced and the competition will proceed with 15 teams.

Elevate will receive the share of the total prize pool corresponding to a 13th to 16th ranking in the competition alongside 50 SI points. Our teams are currently working on reshaping the competitive format and schedules for 15 teams. More details will be shared soon” – the official statement reads.

Elevate, the champions of APAC playoffs stage 1, will now have to wait till the next major to gain more international experience. The tournament will now be commencing with 15 teams, and Group A, where Elevate was initially in, will now consist of 3 teams only.

Ubisoft has already updated the schedule to reflect this change, which you can find here.

A few days earlier, the three LATAM teams of w7m esports, Team oNe Esports, and FURIA Esports were also denied US visas, and Ubisoft allowed the teams to play from their Mexico broadcast studio. Elevate, who also couldn’t enter Mexico in time, won’t get the chance to play online due to the huge ping difference. And some players are already raising concerns about this decision.

Six Charlotte Major – Dates

  • Group Stage: May 16 to 18 – Not open to the public
  • Playoffs: May 20 to 21 – Open to the public
  • Grand Final: May 22 – Open to the public

More details about the Major will be shared soon, so keep following us for the latest updates.

Read More: Rainbow Six Charlotte Major Guide: Teams, Schedule, Twitch Drops, and more

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.