The ESL has ruled the Team YP or better known as Team YouPorn has been banned from competitive play. The ban does not come from any actions or cheating by the team, but rather their sponsor. The team was notified via email yesterday of the ban.
This ban comes in the wake of gambling and fixing scandals that have rocked the eSports word and obviously they’re doing all they can to clean up their image even if it means banning teams because of who sponsors them.
I get it ESL, you want all the lucrative sponsor money from brands like Coca-Cola and Budweiser, and these companies don’t want to be associated with porn, I got it, but instead of banning a team that has not done anything other than having a sponsor you no longer allow seems harsh. A better way of going about this would have been buying out Team YP’s contract from the website and allowing them to go find a new one. Now, Team YP is stuck with a contract to a sponsor but can’t do anything about it because they’re banned from playing.
It’s a bad situation for the team who didn’t break any rules and getting sponsorship is difficult, especially when you’re just starting out. Hopefully Team YP can find a loophole of some sorts so they can continue playing.