It is very much established globally that Pakistan is arguably the strongest region of the game Tekken worldwide. Last year Pakistan proved its metal with Arslan Ash winning both Evo titles in Japan and US, while Awais Honey, Atif Butt, Imran Khan and Bilal Ilyas won many of other titles elsewhere. All these players made Pakistan proud on their own with zero government support. Private intentional ESports organizations like FATE, vSlash and Genuine Gaming recognized their talent and sponsored these players.
All these international sponsors can do is provide them with money for their travels and other financial needs. But what they are helpless against is the Nationality of these players. And that’s exactly has happened here. With the exception of defending champion Arslan Ash, no Pakistani player could manage to get a Japan Visa.
And the worst part is, they have no government platform to go to and ask for help for the visa. The whole Pakistani Tekken community is super disappointed that their local as well as the international Heros of the game won’t be able to take part in, what is considered the 2nd biggest tournament of the game. i.e. Evo Japan 2020.
The @EVOJapanNews is around the corner and world class Pakistani Tekken Champions are not getting Visas? ???♂?
PLEASE HELP @sayedzbukhari @SMQureshiPTI @SMQureshiPTI@ForeignOfficePk@AtifButt540 @awaishoney94 @TKBILAL_ @anroyce @Kanga_Heera @Bawaqar_Haider @SpaghettiRip pic.twitter.com/s3T9kLyTOR
— Zain Itrat (@ZainItrat) January 21, 2020
Really sad news.@AtifButt540 visa was not granted & @awaishoney94 did not have enough time due to losing his passport in Thailand.
The boys won't be able to attend EVO Japan.
So sorry to everyone who wanted to see them play.
Once again thank you so much to @StealthGaijin.
— GG | Royce (@anroyce) January 21, 2020
That's a really sad news
Feeling bad for them and Imran ??
— vSlash | RB | Arslan Ash (@ArslanAsh95) January 21, 2020
In my opinion it’s very important for Pakistani players to go others countries for tournaments because all major tournaments held there but it’s too difficult for Pakistanis to get visa for other countries it depends on our luck.@GenuineGamingAU @anroyce @awaishoney94
— GG | Atif Butt (@AtifButt540) January 21, 2020
Hello to all!with heavy heart I could not participate in evo japan but I know ALLAH is the best planner and he plans something better,thanx to my team @GenuineGamingAU for your hard work you guys something special for me so I’m work more hard in the future.keep watching thanx
— GG | Awais Honey (@awaishoney94) January 22, 2020
It's sad to see that apart from Pakistan making headlines in the #TEKKEN. No government officials paid attention to it and no one is helping out. Who should we be reaching out to? Where is the minister of sports? Can someone please tell him there is a thing called Esports?
— Hasnain Tayyab (@HasnainTee) January 21, 2020
welcome to the 3rd world country my friend !
— AE | Willcent (@AmirHbyt) January 21, 2020
All these self made great players can do is beat the best of the game worldwide but sadly, they can not beat their biggest nemesis, i.e. visa issues.
Its is such a shame that no diplomatic help from the government that can make sure these best of the game could get visa.
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