The Russian esports organization Gambit Esports has issued an official statement confirming that the players of the VALORANT roster will continue to compete at VCT 2022: EMEA Challengers 1. The team will continue to play in the championship under a neutral status under the "M3 Champions" tag.
Friends, difficult times continue for everyone, especially for those of us who have relatives and friends in Ukraine. Now it is especially valuable that esports support fans and athletes from different countries, different cultures. We sincerely wish that the tournaments continue, and the players can focus on honing their skills and successful performance in competitions. Therefore, we have decided to give our players Redgar, Chronicle, d3ffo, Sheydos and nAts the opportunity to participate in the VCT as an independent team.
Recall that Gambit Esports held only two meetings as part of VCT 2022: EMEA Challengers 1. After that, the team disappeared from the championship schedule, while the rest of the competition participants returned after a week-long pause.
It should be noted that similar restrictions also affected other compositions of Russian organizations. Earlier, ESL suspended the teams Virtus.pro and Gambit Esports from participating in their tournaments, including ESL Pro League Season 15. The tournament operator explained his decision by the fact that the organizations are somehow connected with the Russian Government. However, ESL did not restrict the players and allowed them to compete in the championship, but under a neutral status.
In addition, the tournament operator BLAST also announced a ban on teams from Russia from participating in their championships, while the Virtus.pro Dota 2 team was forcibly removed from GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022, which was held from March 2 to 6.