The Dota 2 team of Russian esports has been disqualified from a tournament, after one of the organization’s players allegedly pulled Z on the minimap to show support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As Yahoo reported (via PC Gamer), Dota 2 Russian player Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko and the rest of the VP roster from ESL qualifier One Stockholm Major were disqualified.
VP was playing under the Outsiders team name to avoid an ESL ban on Russian teams when the incident happened.
During a break in the game, Moskalenko Z drew on the in-game miniature map, which was quickly discovered by his teammates. In Russia, the letter Z has been adopted as a symbol of support for the invasion of Ukraine.
It is also worth noting that this happened during the game of the Outsiders against Mind Games, a team with several Ukrainian players.
In the above-mentioned statement shared by Virtue.pro, Moskalenko refused to draw the symbol on the object.
“There was a long pause in the game, the guys and I were talking and drawing on the minimap. Once we understood exactly what my drawing was, we tried to cover it up. I didn’t want to offend anyone, it all happened. by accident. “
Despite Moskalenko’s denial, the contest organizer is Beyond The Summit Disqualified for Outsiders, and “also nullify all future games played by the Outsiders.”
Virtus.pro also terminated its contract with Moskalenko, with a release shared on April 30:
“Any action, whether intended or not, has consequences. Virtus.pro has consistently opposed any hate speech cases in esports. The club terminates Ivan” Pure “Moskalenko’s contract for his acts of contempt which led to disqualification from the competition and has severely damaged our relations with the global esports society. “
Virtus.pro, however, said the “severity of the penalty is alarming” and does not agree with Valve’s decision to disqualify the entire Dota 2 team “based on a minimap drawing.”
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