Virtus.pro CS:GO team will compete in ESL Pro League 15 under the Outsiders tag after ESL banned organizations with ties to the Russian government, Dexerto has confirmed.
The CIS team will compete under a neutral name after the ESL decided to ban all “organizations with obvious links to the Russian government” following the Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine on February 24.
Virtus.pro is one of two Russia-based organizations that ESL believes have ties to the Kremlin. The Russian state insurance company Sogaz has a majority stake in Virtus.pro’s owning group VKand is one of the companies included in the European Union sanctions list imposed on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.
Despite this, Virtus.pro claimed that they were “not affiliated with the Russian government,” adding that they provided ESL with relevant documentation.
The Russian organization expressed dissatisfaction with ESL’s decision, which it described as “a prime example of ‘abandonment culture'”. Still, Virtus.pro stressed that they would not stand in the way of players entering the tournament under a different day if they so wished.
Virtus.pro CS:GO team consists of two players from Russia and Kazakhstan and one from Latvia. In a recent interview with SportacentrsMareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Gaļinskis, the Latvian player, said the future is “uncertain” as travel restrictions and tournament sanctions could hit his team.
Gambit, the other organization identified by ESL with ties to the Russian government, has not yet announced if their team will participate in ESL Pro League 15, which begins on March 9th.
https://www.dexerto.com/csgo/virtus-pro-csgo-team-to-play-in-esl-pro-league-15-as-outsiders-1777730/ Virtus.pro CSGO team plays in ESL Pro League 15 as “Outsiders”