smooya moved to Chaos bench due to visa issues

Owen "smooya" Butterfield has temporarily stepped down from Chaos' active lineup as he returned to the United Kingdom due to visa issues.

The British AWPer announced he was back in his home country today on Twitter, a day before Chaos' match against Gen.G in Flashpoint 1. It is currently unclear how long smooya will be out for as he looks to solve some visa issues before being able to fly back to the United States.

smooya is unavailable for Chaos' upcoming matches

The 20-year-old player hinted at his situation being similar to that of Kaleb "moose" Jayne, who is currently unable to play for Envy as he is awaiting his P1 visa, and is being substituted by the team's coach, Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić.

smooya explained the situation in detail in a following TwitLonger, explaining that COVID-19 measures have complicated the process to get his P1 visa approved:

"Currently with all the COVID-19 stuff happening I've had to return to the UK since I have no more days left on my ESTA. I have already been approved for my P1 but the problem came when my interview got canceled since the embassy in the UK is closed. So I can't stay in America and have to wait for a new interview date."

"Until this whole situation is fixed I will be moved to the bench for ChaosEC. They will find a replacement soon to help them finish the rest of Flashpoint and any other events they have coming up.

"I should be back very soon, it sucks because we just got a roster I was happy with but its just a small set back!

"I'll be back soon boys, hold tight." - smooya

smooya's last match for Chaos was in the ESEA MDL S33 playoffs where the squad finished 5-6th as, due to the roster lock, they had to field their coach Matthew "mCe" Elmore instead of Hunter "SicK" Mims.

Chaos are now:

Canada Joshua "steel" Nissan
United States Anthony "vanity" Malaspina
United States Cameron "cam" Kern
United States Hunter "SicK" Mims

United States Matthew "mCe" Elmore (coach)
United Kingdom Owen "smooya" Butterfield (unavailable)

United States Cameron 'cam' Kern
Cameron 'cam' Kern
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
520
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
United States Matthew 'mCe' Elmore
Matthew 'mCe' Elmore
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
232
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
United States Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina
Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
440
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
788
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
646
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
F
2020-03-20 16:27
#2
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Germany Sonnabend 
F
2020-03-20 16:27
#21
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Argentina Apina_ 
xaxaxaxa BREXIT UK
2020-03-20 16:37
#34
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Turkey veyron99 
unavailable
2020-03-20 16:29
Toxic issues
2020-03-20 16:43
corona issues
2020-03-20 17:09
skill issues
2020-03-20 17:56
good name and flair. are you actually turkish?
2020-03-20 18:36
#152
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Europe chespiZ 
EU > EU EU EU > EU
2020-03-20 18:43
#39
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Canada U_S_of_Gay 
kicked out of their own child country's scene kkkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 16:30
Why hunting for 1st comment?
2020-03-20 16:29
#38
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Turkey veyron99 
He is jerman
2020-03-20 16:29
It's not like he'll be rewarded for something like this lmao
2020-03-20 16:30
Clearly you have never been 1st! Schnauze Unluko
2020-03-20 16:44
+1 AHAHAHHAHA
2020-03-20 17:15
+1 can confirm
2020-03-20 17:16
#105
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Germany Sonnabend 
+1
2020-03-20 17:24
I've been 1st in two or three threads but it's not that rewarding as one thinks Also yekindar is a t10 noob
2020-03-20 17:29
#155
twist | 
Sweden FL4XY 
link or never happend
2020-03-20 19:02
#164
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
+1
2020-03-20 20:03
What?
2020-03-21 01:03
#108
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Germany Sonnabend 
nt #5 xaaxax
2020-03-20 17:25
What?
2020-03-20 17:29
[you can only view this comment as a hltv plus member]
2020-03-20 17:30
#3
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Australia Boostral 
Feels bad
2020-03-20 16:28
#65
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Finland Smoonah 
how bout nah
2020-03-20 16:40
#4
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Norway CheNaLii 
F
2020-03-20 16:27
Lmao what, that's just sad
2020-03-20 16:28
#6
tarik | 
United States Wowzaaa 
Should get Shazham as a standin
2020-03-20 16:28
+1 that would probably be the best option free option they could get, or jdm
2020-03-20 16:31
who?
2020-03-20 16:50
zeus
2020-03-20 16:54
That is a great option
2020-03-20 17:36
#87
tarik | 
United States Wowzaaa 
Agreed both pretty good awpers. Would work well.
2020-03-20 17:03
hahaa jdm
2020-03-20 17:08
Why not just get wippie back?
2020-03-20 17:27
Wippie allegedly had "visa issues" and could join Chaos' gaming house
2020-03-20 21:30
Because he was on a student visa. He doesn't need to change his visa status to stand in for the team
2020-03-20 22:12
#122
mch | 
Brazil lLandimm 
+1
2020-03-20 17:40
KEK
2020-03-20 16:28
#8
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Europe TheSench 
F
2020-03-20 16:28
Xd
2020-03-20 16:28
ok good
2020-03-20 16:28
#11
HS | 
Estonia qoznyyy 
this team went from t4 to t6 lmaoo quick bet against them, before odds change
2020-03-20 16:29
t10 to t1000
2020-03-20 17:09
#12
rain | 
Netherlands Yourii 
LOL make more rostermoves
2020-03-20 16:28
#13
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Czech Republic Scalpelexis 
RIP Chaos
2020-03-20 16:28
F
2020-03-20 16:28
wtf lmao
2020-03-20 16:28
#16
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Poland Julka 
Rip Chaos
2020-03-20 16:28
XD
2020-03-20 16:28
lmao they removed that ruski carry and now smooya 200iq
2020-03-20 16:28
Did you even read the article?
2020-03-20 16:59
Wrong steel boys.
2020-03-20 16:28
Thanks chinese virus, dirty china
2020-03-20 16:28
aha, just care about Europe youself,when we end this virus and your country even all the world except china will still in trouble because of your government inefficient handling of virus.Its bad impact on china is much lower than other western countries like economy and healthy of local people.Maybe you can save your country by God instead of medical technology and efficiency. XDDD
2020-03-20 21:19
oh dirty dog start barking, sounds funny
2020-03-21 01:30
#23
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Europe AimbotMelvin 
SMOOOOYAAAAAA
2020-03-20 16:28
kkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 16:28
#25
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Portugal TwistedJayPee 
Bot
2020-03-20 16:28
The roster says "Lucas Steel Lopes" LMAO
2020-03-20 16:29
Canada Lucas "steel" Lopes kkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 16:29
#29
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Albania 13yobettor 
why am i pointing on steel's name and it shows me the brasilian one lmao
2020-03-20 16:29
#30
Coronaz | 
China virrus 
Only if the retarded donald trump took me a bit serious
2020-03-20 16:29
#32
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Germany cipeaX 
brazilian steel on chaos :D
2020-03-20 16:29
#33
oBo | 
Korea Moms_touch 
Ahahahaaha forever brexit wankers
2020-03-20 16:29
wrong steel lmao
2020-03-20 16:29
oh noooo thats a bummer
2020-03-20 16:29
that sucks
2020-03-20 16:29
#40
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World Beard43 
RIP Chaos.
2020-03-20 16:30
#41
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Sweden Fizze 
That's sad
2020-03-20 16:30
#42
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Brazil FireXter 
LUCAS "STEEL" LOPES OMEGALUL
2020-03-20 16:30
#44
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Russia razorVJ 
Wrong steel
2020-03-20 16:31
Fuck idiot, toxic player disrespecting legends from same community! Scream now Smooya! Que oTa?!
2020-03-20 16:31
When you suck you must be disrespectful in order to "show up"
2020-03-20 16:40
small dick men allways thinks this way
2020-03-20 20:03
#73
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
Cold? Kng? They scream too
2020-03-20 16:48
2 fcking idiots 2
2020-03-20 20:00
Noffa que afetadinho
2020-03-20 18:11
Comeu alfalfa m1to?
2020-03-20 20:01
who the fuck is a legend in MIBR? HYPEROMEGALUL
2020-03-20 18:15
Your mthr probably india...
2020-03-20 20:00
Expected,Chaos tier100 without smooya
2020-03-20 16:31
#47
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Poland friendlySeb 
R.I.P. Chaos
2020-03-20 16:31
#49
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United States WilsonDS 
Damn his screams at flashpoint were so entertaining
2020-03-20 16:31
xD
2020-03-20 16:31
i dont care about smooya
2020-03-20 16:32
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-03-20 16:32
#53
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United States xiquo 
f
2020-03-20 16:33
#54
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Indonesia youdelusional 
Lmao shite timing
2020-03-20 16:33
#55
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Thailand beam2546 
AHAHA
2020-03-20 16:33
F
2020-03-20 16:34
LUL
2020-03-20 16:34
Best player benched 😢
2020-03-20 16:34
#59
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United States GODKENNYS 
WTF NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-03-20 16:35
unluko maluko
2020-03-20 16:37
#61
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Poland Hanse 
Free money on GenG, bet till you can
2020-03-20 16:37
CHAOS!
2020-03-20 16:40
Just your weekly, irrelevant NA teams roster news
2020-03-20 16:40
rip chaos
2020-03-20 16:41
#67
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Norway MomentoMore 
So can i get back my money ? į bet on Chaos (Chaos vs Gen G ) lmao
2020-03-20 16:42
F for smooya and chaos
2020-03-20 16:42
ahhah what the fuck, this is so comedic, this whole story with him moving to Chaos, making promises, then losing ESEA league and going back bc of visa issues, I like smooya, but he looks like a complete loser now, feel bad for him
2020-03-20 16:43
#72
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Russia ToughGuy 
Rip flashpoint
2020-03-20 16:46
#74
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
HAHAHAHAHAHA WTF
2020-03-20 16:48
Very unfortunate I'm glad it's turned out to be only temporary
2020-03-20 16:49
omg what a situation kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 16:49
xDDDD
2020-03-20 16:49
Can't he play from the EU ? Since most of the Flashpoint teams are from the EU if i'm not mistaken... Sounds weird, as they won't attend any major LAN events anyway due to the corona virus...
2020-03-20 16:50
#125
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North America SLGam1ng 
with 200 ping? all flashpoint teams are in LA right now even tho matches are being played online
2020-03-20 17:42
The EU teams are living in houses/apartments/facilities in the US that's how they're playing online
2020-03-20 18:29
Shahzam or jdm would be good standins
2020-03-20 16:51
#120
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United States NA_KEKW 
Smooya is British s1mple for Chaos, he hard carries so hard
2020-03-20 17:39
#81
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Germany AlmightyLou 
Jesus Christ all these toxic cunts here shittalking Smooya, Chaos and calling lower tiers irrelevant. It's literally just unfortunate circumstances for everyone involved. Also lower tiers regardless of young or veteran players can always rise through the ranks if they show up. Never count out the underdogs.
2020-03-20 16:52
#84
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Germany Ligma_Balls 
+1
2020-03-20 16:58
L O L
2020-03-20 17:00
#88
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Brazil FADINHAMAGICA 
busted
2020-03-20 17:07
hahaha toxic
2020-03-20 17:07
#93
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Croatia gmchanger97 
There is no place like bench..
2020-03-20 17:11
PEEEK ME I DARE YOOOU
2020-03-20 17:11
#95
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Brazil lusketa 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-03-20 17:11
F And noooooooo :( I'm crying
2020-03-20 17:12
this is kinda funny
2020-03-20 17:14
sad
2020-03-20 17:17
ahahaha, peace of s*
2020-03-20 17:17
flag checks out
2020-03-20 17:18
Actually laughed
2020-03-20 17:22
Keep talking shit until BIG gets something expressive
2020-03-20 18:10
Could say the same about mibr. At least im not insulting other people for no reason LUL
2020-03-20 18:19
#174
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African Union fawku 
Talks shit then complains when someone does it back. You're a god dam snowflake
2020-03-20 22:17
Deported cuck
2020-03-20 17:22
#106
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Portugal dracø 
Brexited af Or maybe that's just an excuse cuz he actually wants to play a major someday
2020-03-20 17:24
#107
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Argentina roulettesoad 
kkkkk get rekt for toxic
2020-03-20 17:24
''pick me REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE''
2020-03-20 17:26
uk toxic? no thanks
2020-03-20 17:29
RIP as the UK Lockdown will happen, he will have to stay a few months their!
2020-03-20 17:29
#116
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Israel FRIsaac 
karma?
2020-03-20 17:33
#117
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
UK CS KEKW benched on tier 7 NA MDL team ahahahahahahahaha
2020-03-20 17:34
#130
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Russia ArtyoMs2 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-03-20 17:48
RIP CHAOS NOW TIER 5 TEAM
2020-03-20 17:36
What is this league? They change it to Online but Smooya can't play online? Wtf is this shitpoint?
2020-03-20 17:40
Rip the only good thing about flashpoint
2020-03-20 17:40
CORONA'D (sorry)
2020-03-20 17:41
#127
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Brazil deivid50 
move fallen to chaos
2020-03-20 17:45
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 17:45
#129
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Russia ArtyoMs2 
AHHAHAHAHAHAHADHHA BYE BYE
2020-03-20 17:48
deserved anyone want cancer in their countries
2020-03-20 17:49
#132
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Serbia nocturn1 
cya
2020-03-20 17:49
NOOOO :((
2020-03-20 17:58
GL getting back into the US
2020-03-20 18:00
kek
2020-03-20 18:01
You're shitting me
2020-03-20 18:03
IMAGINE BEING BENCHED FROM THAT SHIT TEAM LUL
2020-03-20 18:06
join tier 5 team
2020-03-20 18:09
#143
FalleN | 
Brazil dmn1 
damn smooya cant catch a break
2020-03-20 18:15
#144
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Austria t47ED 
no team likes smooya maybe its true he have diffiulty ego
2020-03-20 18:16
#156
syrsoN | 
Germany PeKay 
not hard to see if u here him talk
2020-03-20 19:08
#147
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Asia editz107 
Positive Corona
2020-03-20 18:24
2faced Tolledo strikes again, with their friend Trump
2020-03-20 18:32
Toxic piece of shit
2020-03-20 18:41
Toxic kid
2020-03-20 18:50
Best player gone
2020-03-20 18:53
xaxaxaxaxa
2020-03-20 19:26
Rip Fantasy :)
2020-03-20 19:54
#159
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Brazil llskll 
Instant karma
2020-03-20 19:55
#165
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United Kingdom PipyLonTeZ 
pre the brexit jokes
2020-03-20 20:03
FAKKKK
2020-03-20 20:25
That sucks. Nothing else to really say that just sucks.
2020-03-20 20:30
Owen "bench" smooya
2020-03-20 20:41
why does the USA make it so hard with visas for csgo players??
2020-03-20 21:03
dare issues
2020-03-20 22:38
#177
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Brazil parrud0www 
Rip chaos
2020-03-20 23:15
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