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theScore esports Daily (Dec. 13): BnTeT to miss Boston Major Offline Qualifier, HellRaisers drop Dota roster, ROCCAT sign Blanc

by Daniel Rosen Dec 13 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of TyLoo, Valve

theScore esports Daily is a once-a-day briefing covering the top news stories from around the world of esports.

BnTeT to miss Major Qualifier

Tyloo player Hansel "BnTet" Ferdinand will miss the offline qualifier for the 2018 Boston Major, the player announced on Twitter earlier today

BnTeT is considered Tyloo's star player, and said he will not be able to make it out to the qualifier because of visa issues. Tyloo qualified for the tournament by placing second in the Asia Minor Championship.

According to BnTeT's tweet, Tyloo coach Vlаdуslаv "bondik" Nеchуроrchuk will be standing in for him at the qualifier.

HellRaisers drop Dota 2 roster

HellRaisers have dropped their Dota 2 roster, which they signed in July after the roster qualified for The International 2017.

HellRaisers signed the stack known as Planet Dog in July, and went on to place 17th-18th at TI7, and first at the World Cyber Arena 2017 European Finals. The organization only had four players signed to their roster, after dropping Uroš "Swiftending" Galić in September. The organization also lost Alaan "SexyBamboe" Faraj in November.

The four former HellRaisers players have joined former Vega Squadron player Dmitry "Ditya Ra" Minenkov and are currently playing as Planet Dog again.

Japan starts regulating esports pros

Japan will start issuing pro licenses to some esports players beginning in 2018, ending years of complicated gambling regulations that prevented esports players from earning prize money in Japan.

The country has long been a hotbed for strong esports players in fighting games, but has been limited in terms of how esports athletes can earn money within their home country. The issue stems from a complicated Japanese gambling law that lumps video games in with video poker, limiting the amount of money that can be put in the prize pool from sources other than players' entry fees.

The law was enacted in the 1980s to curb gambling, which the Yakuza turned to as a money maker, but has led to severe limitations on how much Japanese esports pros can earn. The current prize cap on gaming tournaments is 100,000 Yen ($884) and while some tournaments have broken that cap with prize money provided by outside sponsors, the legal implications of that are dicey.

For now though, the licenses that will let esports players participate in tournaments with higher prize pools will only be granted to players in specific games. These games are Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Winning Eleven 2018, Puzzle and Dragons, and Monster Strike.

Team ROCCAT sign Blanc

Team ROCCAT have signed mid laner Seong-min "Blanc" Jin to their 2018 roster.

Blanc last played for Paris Saint-Germain in the EU Challenger Series, but left the team when the organization dropped out of League of Legends. Blanc finished the 2017 EU CS Spring Split with a 3.86 KDA across 10 games.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.