Natus Vincere will no longer "work with people who live in Russia"
Ukrainian esports organization Natus Vincere is soon to cut off some of its Russian players due to the ongoing invasion — if they're unwilling to relocate from the country.
The decision: Change is afoot for NAVI.
- CEO Yevhen Zolotarov told The Washington Post that the organization would be undergoing "personnel changes" over the next few weeks due to the war.
- More specifically, NAVI will not "work with people who live in Russia and who pay taxes to the Russian Federation." This decision will affect some players it currently has on the books.
- "We are ready to help relocate players who don’t share the Russian Federation’s politics," he said. "I do believe all of our major rosters will remain the same."
- He affirmed that the organization is "doing fine" financially despite the invasion as "most of [its] partners are E.U. or U.S. based" and that it has only lost one partner, which was a decision NAVI made. "Some of our partners even offered us prepayments," he added.
The exodus? The CEO stated that there would be issues in Dota 2 and it's mostly NAVI's mobile esports division that will be subject to change.
- The organization currently has three Russian players on its CS:GO team, a Russian player on its Dota 2 team, a Russian player on its Apex Legends team, three Russian players on its PUBG team, and a Russian CoD: Warzone player.
- In the realm of mobile gaming, NAVI has four Russian players on its PUBG Mobile team, two Russian players and a Russian coach on its Free Fire team, two Russian players on its Brawl Stars team, and four Russian players on its Mobile Legends team.