Russian esports organization Virtus.pro announced today that it’s disbanding its Fortnite roster and leaving the esports scene.
We’re temporarily saying farewell to Fortnite and disbanding the current roster
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) April 29, 2021
Virtus.pro Leaves Fortnite
After playing in the competitive scene for three years, the team thought it was time to call it quits. They clearly thought hard on it since it listed multiple reasons for its departure as an org. Virtus.pro cited two crucial reasons why it thought leaving Fortnite esports was best.
First, VP recognizes that the stars in the scene are never the teams but the players. With Epic Games’ Creator Codes and the way the competitive system structures around players, the org believes their presence is unnecessary. The other reason is based on Fortnite’s audience. Because the majority of Fortnite fans are very young, sponsorship deals often can’t follow through. According to Virtus.pro, Epic Games even actively denies sponsors for some categories, likely due to the young audience.
Fortnite Esports Roster
VP does believe that they may return to competitive Fortnite in the future but that’s not in the near future. Dmitriy “Hurmaxx” Geynts, Kirill “kiryacheFN” Griyshin, Jamal “jvmsidxx” Saydaev and Dmitry “Siberiajkee” Voronin comprised the Virtus.pro Fortnite roster. For now, the players must find new teams to compete on. Thus far, they earned about $387 thousand in winnings so there is clearly still potential in the players.
“Leaving the discipline was a tough decision to make, as we had a team of very talented and charismatic people,” Sergey Glamazda, CEO of Virtus.pro stated. “I’m not only talking about the players, but content creators, managers, and everyone involved. Not to mention that I’ve always been happy with our sports performance.
Written by Justin Amin
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