Professional Counter-Strike Team Pulls Out Of Major
It’s yet another big weekend for eSports. This weekend will play host to the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose tournament which will feature some of the top teams in both League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
One of the Counter-Strike teams have however made the decision to not attend due to the attacks in France.
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Team EnVyUs, easily on of the top Counter-Strike teams, will not be competing in California this weekend. The team is based in France and so, considering the recent attacks and the trauma related to them, they have made the decision to not travel to America o compete.
“It is with great sadness that we must report our CS:GO team will not be attending @IEM in San Jose. As many of you know, our full team is French and the country is in a trying time. This morning as our players were beginning their travels, multiple airline threats and airplane diversions occurred. Simultaneously, additional threats and raids were carried out in Paris. At that time, we decided that the safety of our team members was at risk and to cancel the team’s appearance in San Jose. This brings great disappointment to our organization as we were looking forward to visiting the American fans and defending our @IEM title. We’d like to thank @ESL, @IEM and our supporters for understanding. Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of France. May they be resilient in this trial they are faced with.”
This is an unfortunate turn of events but it is understandable and probably for the best. Regardless of your views on the terrible events that have occurred in France, it is better to not put the needless stress on the team. While it would have been nicer to have the players play with the momentum gained from their win at the last DreamHack Counter-Strike tournament, there will always be more majors.
This would be the part where one would say “Terrorists Win”, but that would be in incredibly poor taste. It’s important that we put away the virtual terrorism of Counter-Strike for now to focus on what is going on around us.