Virtus.pro lineup to compete in ESL Pro League as Outsiders

The CIS squad's players have decided to comply with ESL's requirements and play in the league under a neutral name.

The Virtus.pro roster will participate in the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 15 under the name 'Outsiders' following ESL's decision to ban organizations with ties to the Russian government, Dexerto has confirmed and HLTV.org can corroborate.

Virtus.pro had been among the two organizations identified by the tournament organizer as being linked to the Kremlin. The Russia-based side's ultimate ownership leads to Sogaz, a state-run insurance company that is being targeted with sanctions by the European Union.

'Outsiders' will play in Group B against the likes of FaZe and Vitality

The ban was met with discontent from VP as it criticized ESL's decision, claiming that the organization is not connected to the Russian government and calling the move a "prime example of cancel culture."

The Russian side nonetheless decided not to forbid their players from playing in the tournament under ESL's requirements — competing with a neutral name, as well as a promise not to represent the organization and its sponsors on the team's clothing.

Gambit, who has also been identified by ESL as being connected to the Russian government, has yet to comment on the situation and confirm whether the players will participate in the league or not.

ESL Pro League Season 15 kicks off on March 9 with Group A. "Outsiders" have been seeded into Group B, which is set to start on March 16, while Gambit's roster has a spot in Group C a week later.

gl
2022-03-07 16:02
5 replies
i expected them to be good news bears
2022-03-07 16:04
3 replies
wouldn't make much sense since right now they got anything but good news
2022-03-07 16:09
They wouldn't probably be allowed to play as bears as it's VP logo
2022-03-07 17:21
hahaha
2022-03-07 23:50
hf
2022-03-07 18:23
#2
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Denmark slacking
save yekindar
2022-03-07 16:02
1 reply
save sanji
2022-03-07 16:55
#3
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Poland Astoner55
Nice!
2022-03-07 16:02
gl
2022-03-07 16:02
#5
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Australia poppyxox
FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2022-03-07 16:02
#6
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India PReciSioN2k
Outsiders LULW
2022-03-07 16:03
#7
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New Zealand SkirmishX
shoulda played with a funny name :(
2022-03-07 16:03
1 reply
#21
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North America hi_mens))
It is kind of funny considering the context, but yeah could be better.
2022-03-07 16:05
cool name
2022-03-07 16:03
#12
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Argentina WaSTe_D
Nice name
2022-03-07 16:04
#14
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North America NoReply
JAME TIME
2022-03-07 16:04
JAME TIME
2022-03-07 16:05
1 reply
LOL
2022-03-07 16:50
Not even Jame can save this disaster.
2022-03-07 16:05
7 replies
underrated comment
2022-03-07 16:16
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North America hi_mens))
kek
2022-03-07 16:35
LULW
2022-03-07 17:20
lmao
2022-03-07 17:40
True and sadd
2022-03-07 17:55
ayooo
2022-03-07 20:40
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-03-07 21:37
#23
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Finland AliSabid
nice
2022-03-07 16:07
gl
2022-03-07 16:07
thats alright- i wouldn't read too much into the name choice, and if they had chosen something funny/memey I KNOW some would've complained too. we need an update from gambit tho </3
2022-03-07 16:12
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Serbia Ljannister
Ok, and how will Russian players travel to Germany?
2022-03-07 16:12
12 replies
it's not like there's a wall around Russia
2022-03-07 16:14
6 replies
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Serbia Ljannister
I'm talking about restriction. Dunno if it's just for Russian plains or citizens aswell
2022-03-07 16:17
4 replies
Restriction is for Russian owned planes that own lines, they can't use those as far as I know. Travel is still possible, just limited.
2022-03-07 16:19
Moscow - Minsk/Dubai/Istanbul - Any destination
2022-03-07 16:28
2 replies
Ok so ban is not for Russian citizens?
2022-03-07 17:42
1 reply
I'm pretty sure not, visas are banned tho Yet VP, Gambit, etc had their visas extended a long time ago
2022-03-07 17:46
heard some of the planes are outright banned if they are planning to land on EU countries
2022-03-08 10:47
depend. they cant fly from russia to EU but if they stayed at Katowice then it will be ok also i heard serbian airlines are flying to russia
2022-03-07 16:27
3 replies
Thats possible but can Russian citizens be that much in eu? Well yes but it's rare and ptobably wont last long. They will ban our planes aswell. Since it's french owned they will probably stop that line soon.
2022-03-07 17:40
2 replies
yes i think. if you left russia before sanctions and are not oligarch tied to putin you can be in eu just you wont be able to be back to russia
2022-03-07 17:44
1 reply
Ouch. They can be indefinately stacked somewhere. It's harsh
2022-03-07 18:24
probably stayed in EU after Katowice
2022-03-07 17:28
Well, this does seem like a resonable middleground, to be honest.
2022-03-07 16:22
Good luck, bears!
2022-03-07 16:22
There was so many better names possible :(
2022-03-07 16:26
Yes baby, I hope they win it too
2022-03-07 16:27
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Asia flipflop
Let's go Outsiders
2022-03-07 16:27
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Serbia biTe19
GL i hope they make it far
2022-03-07 16:27
how are they going to get paid though?
2022-03-07 16:30
2 replies
Exactly in the same way as in past few years. Nothing changes in this aspect, they will just play 1 tournament (or more) under different name, that's it, they still have contracts.
2022-03-07 16:38
Maybe they have accounts outside RU :) Else itll be hard these days where Swift has exclude a lot of The Banks in ru
2022-03-08 05:59
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India Hikkiee
Lmao, nice name
2022-03-07 16:31
stay golden ponyboy
2022-03-07 16:45
Good news 🌟
2022-03-07 16:58
What a joke. What an absolute fucking joke.
2022-03-07 16:59
Very nice
2022-03-07 17:01
Gl
2022-03-07 17:04
Gl hope gambit plays as well.
2022-03-07 17:09
#179
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Russia Semk1n
GL VP, hope you'll make final
2022-03-07 17:43
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Germany mysterE
yekindar and the boys? jame time? such a boring name
2022-03-07 17:58
Gl bears Haters gonna hate, dont give a fuck and have fun😎😎
2022-03-07 18:01
Nice name! Let's go VP Outsiders
2022-03-07 18:05
GL !!!
2022-03-07 19:17
why gambit no ban, but VP ban?
2022-03-07 19:22
2 replies
No paper trail to sanctioned oligarchs?
2022-03-07 20:35
Gambit is in the same situation, they just haven't announced anything yet
2022-03-08 13:22
Sadge
2022-03-07 19:58
Wasn't that the name of some Bulgarian team?
2022-03-07 20:37
And what about gambit? What will they do?
2022-03-07 21:38
1 reply
They won’t play cause they’re nerds
2022-03-08 09:33
#305
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Russia Thfthf
Gambit also confirmed to participate with another name "Discriminated".
2022-03-08 02:56
1 reply
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Serbia DjapeZ
that hits hard man
2022-03-08 13:19
#307
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Brazil inv4der
RIP VP
2022-03-08 06:19
ez kids
2022-03-08 07:49
jame time !!
2022-03-08 08:45
#314
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Latvia kurm1z
wth? just ban those fckers period.
2022-03-08 08:56
I wish the VP team to win everyone and take 175.000$ Russians forward! jame time <3
2022-03-08 12:24
1 reply
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Albania hardcoar
nt
2022-03-08 17:02
ya autsider tak chto mozhesh otsosat mne
2022-03-08 12:24
#321
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Serbia DjapeZ
Lets go VP and Gambit !
2022-03-08 13:19
#326
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Latvia fluffykid
Jame saved a lot, but who will save jame?
2022-03-09 04:21
Go Go Go Destroy them
2022-03-09 15:02
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