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Russian esports workforce Virtus.pro blames ESL suspension on ‘cancel culture’

Russian esports crew Virtus.pro suggests its suspension from ESL competition, announced previously this 7 days in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is “a primary illustration of ‘the cancel culture’.” It is not going to avoid its gamers from competing below a neutral identify, even so, a compromise permitted by ESL similar to the tactic the Global Olympic Committee took for Russia when it was found in 2015 that the country ran a state-sponsored doping program for athletes. 

ESL, one particular of the world’s major and greatest-identified esports organizers, declared on March 2 that it will not enable “businesses with apparent ties to the Russian authorities, which includes individuals or corporations less than alleged or confirmed EU sanctions linked to the [Ukrainian] conflict” to compete in its situations. Two Russian esports teams had been to begin with specific for sanctions: Virtus.professional and Gambit.