Open letter: Awaken CEO regarding Executive Immigration Order
Hello to you all,
My name is Tristin, most of you know me as the founder of Awaken. Over the years, I have witnessed a great rise within the eSports and gaming entertainment field over the last 3 years, especially with those who have come from far and abroad from their families in what are now considered refugee countries.
Recently, President Trump issued an executive order to limit entry to the United States to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, which includes existing holders of green cards and dual citizenship holders also. (British/Iraqi for example). The full text of the Executive Order is below:
Recently, this has started to affect eSports as a community as potentially teams like SK Telecom or other rosters within any title could be affected by this, regardless of The White House accepting eSports players from international countries to use P1 Visas to play at events. However now, some players like IraqiZorro is no longer allowed to travel to the USA to play at the Vainglory championships this year.
For the many migrants, green card holders, and others around the world the fact that something like this can happen is pretty scary, and we here at Awaken will not stand by this. We as an organization, and a family will continue to welcome all players, streamers, entertainers, designers, management and more, regardless of the race, religion, sexuality, or country of origin.
Thank you all for everything as this can be very troubling times but we can only fix this simply if we work together to make things good.
CEO of Awaken eSports