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G2 Esports CEO Carlos Rodriguez agreed to take eight weeks of unpaid depart on Monday after he appeared in a video on Twitter celebrating a victory with banned influencer Andrew Tate.
That reportedly resulted in G2 dropping a franchise slot in Riot Games’ Valorant esports league that was introduced right now. Riot Games revealed 30 groups in the Valorant International Leagues right now, and G2 was not amongst them.
Counter Strike reporter neL reported on Twitter that the purpose G2 was not noted was due to the controversy round Rodriguez and Tate.
VALORANT: Sources advised me that G2 is OUT of franchising (NA & EU) for subsequent 12 months due to current controversy.
G2 had a spot locked in NA, however Riot had an emergency assembly and determined in any other case. Likely LEV is having the final NA spot.
— neL (@neLendirekt) September 20, 2022
Rodriguez agreed to take the unpaid depart after he posted a video of himself on Twitter on Saturday whereas celebrating with Tate, an influencer who was banned final month on TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram after complaints about phrases of service violations similar to hate speech and misogyny.
G2 had simply gained the 2022 League of Legends European Championship spring season and it was a runner up in the summer time.
“Nobody will ever be able to police my friendships. I draw my line here. I party with whoever the fuck I want,” Rodriguez stated after complaints associated to the Tate video. By Sunday, G2 Esports tweeted, “Last night we failed you. The actions of our CEO spoke a language in stark contrast with the value and the culture G2 lives by and strives for. And for that we apologize.”
And Rodriguez stated Sunday, “Many G2 fans were let down this weekend which created confusion about what I stand for. It has always been my consistent target to stand for absolute equality of opportunity regardless of who you are or where you come from, which is what gaming is all about.”
G2 just lately introduced its first all-woman League of Legends workforce. G2 was value $340 million in accordance with a Forbes report in May. It could be due for a new analysis on that entrance. G2 and Riot didn’t reply to requests for remark.
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