A stunning development.
G2 Esports is likely out of the running for a VALORANT partnership spot in both the Americas league and the EMEA league for VCT 2023, according to sources that spoke to Dot Esports.
This information has also been reported by French reporter neLendirekt of 1PV and esports reporter Kevin Hitt of the Sports Business Journal. G2 had reportedly applied for a partnership opportunity in both the EMEA and Americas leagues but sources say that they have been denied both. According to sources, Riot has originally decided to make G2 a partner in NA, but “did a complete u-turn” on their decision.
Both Hitt and neLendirekt added in their reports that this is due in part to the recent controversy surrounding owner Carlos Rodriguez. Over the weekend prior to Riot making their final decisions on partnership, G2’s owner was spotted party with controversial figure Andrew Tate at an esports event. Carlos originally doubled down on ‘partying’ with whoever he wants following public backlash to the clip, but the organization said after that he would face a two-month unpaid suspension.
Controversy aside, the decision to not include G2 is still a stunning one from Riot, considering G2’s long-term involvement with professional League, its massive global reach, and its track record of successful esports divisions.
This is a breaking news story with more details to follow. Updates will be added as soon as possible.