Esports: Pinoy TI10 participants stranded in Romania

Kennedy Caacbay, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 19 2021 10:44 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2021 10:49 PM

Filipino participants at The International Dota 2 Championships are stranded in Romania, two days after the tournament ended.

This developed after Malacañang listed Romania under its "red list" or classified as high-risk for COVID-19.

From October 16 to 31, 2021, passengers coming from Romania are not allowed to enter the Philippines.

The International 10, Dota 2's biggest annual event, was held in the said country from October 7-17.

In a tweet, Fnatic team director Eric Khor said among those who are trying to return to the Philippines are Fnatic's DJ Mampusti, Raven Fausto and team staff Pau Bago, Evil Geniuses' Abed Yusop, and T1's Kuku Palad, and Karl Jayme.

Khor also said that most of the players' flights were on October 18 or 19.

According to a Reuters report, vaccine skepticism remains high in Romania, which is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Filipino players are seeking the Department of Foreign Affairs' help to be repatriated. 

Fnatic team staff Pao Bago also said in a tweet that Philippine consulates from Berlin and Budapest have assisted them. No other details have been posted.

ABS-CBN News reached out to the players for comments and is awaiting a response at the time this story was posted.

Kuku and Karl's T1 bagged a little over 1 million USD in prizes by placing 7th-8th in The International. 

Raven and DJ's Fnatic, and Abed's Evil Geniuses both ranked 9th-12th, securing $800,400 in prizes.