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:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
530
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Nikola 'LEGIJA' Ninić
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
513
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
United States Matthew 'mCe' Elmore
Matthew 'mCe' Elmore
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
232
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.72
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
United States Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina
Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
433
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
F
2020-03-20 16:27
#2
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Israel Sonnabend
F
2020-03-20 16:27
14 replies
Why hunting for 1st comment?
2020-03-20 16:29
13 replies
He is jerman
2020-03-20 16:29
9 replies
It's not like he'll be rewarded for something like this lmao
2020-03-20 16:30
8 replies
Clearly you have never been 1st! Schnauze Unluko
2020-03-20 16:44
7 replies
+1 AHAHAHHAHA
2020-03-20 17:15
+1 can confirm
2020-03-20 17:16
#105
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Israel 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
3 replies
#155
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Sweden FL4XY
link or never happend
2020-03-20 19:02
2 replies
+1
2020-03-20 20:03
What?
2020-03-21 01:03
#108
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Israel Sonnabend
nt #5 xaaxax
2020-03-20 17:25
1 reply
What?
2020-03-20 17:29
[you can only view this comment as a hltv plus member]
2020-03-20 17:30
Feels bad
2020-03-20 16:28
1 reply
#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
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United States Wowzaaa
Should get Shazham as a standin
2020-03-20 16:28
11 replies
+1 that would probably be the best option free option they could get, or jdm
2020-03-20 16:31
9 replies
who?
2020-03-20 16:50
2 replies
zeus
2020-03-20 16:54
1 reply
That is a great option
2020-03-20 17:36
#87
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United States Wowzaaa
Agreed both pretty good awpers. Would work well.
2020-03-20 17:03
hahaa jdm
2020-03-20 17:08
1 reply
Why not just get wippie back?
2020-03-20 17:27
2 replies
Wippie allegedly had "visa issues" and could join Chaos' gaming house
2020-03-20 21:30
1 reply
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
+1
2020-03-20 17:40
#7
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Finland N1ggers
KEK
2020-03-20 16:28
F
2020-03-20 16:28
Xd
2020-03-20 16:28
ok good
2020-03-20 16:28
#11
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Estonia qoznyyy
this team went from t4 to t6 lmaoo quick bet against them, before odds change
2020-03-20 16:29
1 reply
t10 to t1000
2020-03-20 17:09
#12
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Netherlands Yourii
LOL make more rostermoves
2020-03-20 16:28
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
1 reply
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
2 replies
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
SMOOOOYAAAAAA
2020-03-20 16:28
kkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 16:28
Bot
2020-03-20 16:28
#27
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Germany ConAction
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
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
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
8 replies
#64
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Brazil Karlogaria
When you suck you must be disrespectful in order to "show up"
2020-03-20 16:40
1 reply
small dick men allways thinks this way
2020-03-20 20:03
Cold? Kng? They scream too
2020-03-20 16:48
1 reply
2 fcking idiots 2
2020-03-20 20:00
Noffa que afetadinho
2020-03-20 18:11
1 reply
Comeu alfalfa m1to?
2020-03-20 20:01
who the fuck is a legend in MIBR? HYPEROMEGALUL
2020-03-20 18:15
1 reply
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 SebL
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
#52
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Brazil Morcegao
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-03-20 16:32
#53
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United States xiquo
f
2020-03-20 16:33
Lmao shite timing
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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Latvia Natsuu1
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
#63
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Brazil Karlogaria
Just your weekly, irrelevant NA teams roster news
2020-03-20 16:40
rip chaos
2020-03-20 16:41
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
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
2 replies
#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
1 reply
Smooya is British s1mple for Chaos, he hard carries so hard
2020-03-20 17:39
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
1 reply
+1
2020-03-20 16:58
L O L
2020-03-20 17:00
busted
2020-03-20 17:07
hahaha toxic
2020-03-20 17:07
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
ahahaha, peace of s*
2020-03-20 17:17
5 replies
flag checks out
2020-03-20 17:18
4 replies
Actually laughed
2020-03-20 17:22
Keep talking shit until BIG gets something expressive
2020-03-20 18:10
2 replies
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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Sweden 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
kkkkk get rekt for toxic
2020-03-20 17:24
''pick me REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE''
2020-03-20 17:26
#112
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Europe farmmoney
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
karma?
2020-03-20 17:33
UK CS KEKW benched on tier 7 NA MDL team ahahahahahahahaha
2020-03-20 17:34
1 reply
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
move fallen to chaos
2020-03-20 17:45
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2020-03-20 17:45
AHHAHAHAHAHAHADHHA BYE BYE
2020-03-20 17:48
deserved anyone want cancer in their countries
2020-03-20 17:49
cya
2020-03-20 17:49
#134
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Germany felo
NOOOO :((
2020-03-20 17:58
GL getting back into the US
2020-03-20 18:00
#136
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Brazil Gunzel
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
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
1 reply
#156
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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
#158
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Algeria Jakobit
Rip Fantasy :)
2020-03-20 19:54
#159
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Brazil llskll
Instant karma
2020-03-20 19:55
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
dare issues
2020-03-20 22:38
Rip chaos
2020-03-20 23:15
RIP CHAOS , THE ONLY HOPE THEY HAD,
2020-04-01 08:24
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