BLAST Premier, a popular professional CS:GO esports league based in Copenhagen, Denmark, has banned Russian-based teams from attending events for the “foreseeable future” and canceled the upcoming CIS qualifier in Ukraine due to the current conflict.
“Gaming and esports unites people from all races, countries, and beliefs,” said BLAST. “We hope the situation on the world stage reflects this as soon as possible.”
This decision comes after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has led to a bloody and brutal war in the Eastern European country. Thousands of soldiers and hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed since the conflict started on February 24th.
The CIS qualifier for the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown was scheduled to commence on March 25th and feature Russian-based teams like forZe. This team, as well as several others, will now be excluded from participation.
At this time, it is unclear if Gambit Esports, the Russian squad that placed second in the BLAST Premier: World Final in 2021, will be banned from attending future events on account of being a partner organization with BLAST.
(All information was provided by Dot Esports)