Filipino organisation Bren Esports announced on Wednesday (8 September) that they have parted ways with their VALORANT roster after they missed out on competing in the upcoming 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 3 Masters tournament in Berlin, Germany due to visa issues.
In a post on their official Facebook page, Bren Esports revealed that their VALORANT roster "has decided to explore and review other possible opportunities".
"[It is] a decision that we respect and wish them all the best in their competitive careers. Thank you for representing Bren Esports and more importantly, the Philippines!" said Bren Esports.
Bren Esports and Paper Rex from Singapore became Southeast Asia's two representatives in VCT Masters Berlin after they claimed the top two spots in the VCT SEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs in August, which ended with Bren Esports sweeping Paper Rex in the grand finals.
However, Alex Francois, Head of Competitive Operations for VALORANT Esports, revealed in a statement on Saturday (3 September) that "tightening travel restrictions around the world due to changing COVID-19 developments" meant that the final deadline that would allow for Bren Esports to travel to Germany and compete in VCT Masters Berlin had unfortunately already passed.
VALORANT developer Riot Games "explored multiple avenues" to give Bren Esports a chance to compete in VCT Masters Berlin, including engaging with the Philippine and German governments. Bren Esports also stated that they had "exhausted all possible options" to no avail.
Francois added that it was "a tough decision" and that they "share in the disappointment" of Bren Esports' players and fans.
Bren Esports' departing roster have been the undisputed juggernauts of the competitive VALORANT scene in the Philippines since their entry last August, even going on a perfect run to win the country's VALORANT First Strike event in December last year.
They then went on to dominate the VCT's Philippine leg, winning all but one of the five VCT Challengers tournaments held in the country before going on to win the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs for Southeast Asia and qualifying for VCT Masters Berlin.
"It has truly been a rollercoaster ride for the Bren Esports Valorant Team. From slowly dominating the local competitive scene to breaking barriers as the first PH Branded Esports Team to win a SEA Championship, the Bren Esports VALORANT team will always have a place in the history books," said Bren Esports.
Former Bren Esports VALORANT roster:
Jessie "JessieVash" Cuyco
Jayvee "DubsteP" Paguirigan
Jim "BORKUM" Timbreza
Kevin "Dispenser" Te
Riley "witz" Go