Dota 2 Russian gamers Danil “gpk” Skutin, Dmitry “DM” Dorokhin, Daniyal “yamich” Lazebnyy, Egor “Xakoda” Lipartiya, and Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev will play below Virtus Pro on the last-chance qualifier for The International 11 as a substitute of utilizing the tag Outsiders.

This is as a result of Valve has changed the Outsiders title on the official Dota Pro Circuit rankings for VP. The title change comes after the Armenian investor Aram Karamanukyan was appointed the CEO of VP, in addition to proudly owning the group’s trademark.

Valve and event organizers like ESL had sanctioned VP for utilizing its title in their esports occasions due to the group’s allegedly shut ties to the Russian authorities. This is as a result of Sogaz, a Russian state-run insurance coverage firm, has a stake in VP’s possession group VK. The sanctions imposed by Valve and ESL have been a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

The sanctions prohibited VP gamers to play below the group’s title and use their respective jerseys in matches, which made the group resort to taking part in below the impartial title Outsiders throughout all esports occasions.

At the second, Valve appears to be the one one to have modified its stance, however VP stated all of their squads will play “completely” below VP’s tag in all video games, in accordance to a press launch despatched as we speak to Escorenews.

The last-chance qualifier for TI 11 that VP will attend kicks off on Oct. 8. The group can also be due to attend the IEM Rio CS:GO Major Europe Regional Major Ranking (RMR) occasion in October, and its CS:GO gamers may additionally play below VP as a substitute of Outsiders ought to ESL additionally raise the sanctions.