VP accuses WePlay of breach of contract following team's suspension from academies league
The CIS organization on its official website commented on WePlay's decision to suspend the roster from taking part in WePlay Academy League Season 4. The club considers the action of the tournament operator unlawful, as it violates the terms of the current agreement on the team's participation in the league for academies.
Legal-wise, WePlay is violating our contract as the tournament organizer doesn’t have the right for one-way termination of our agreement. The notification of the contract’s termination they sent us today was an example of legal illiteracy: it appeals to an inapplicable contractual clause (alleging that we can’t provide proof of not being a subject to sanctions) and suggests to consider February 26th to be the date of the contract’s termination.
Only yesterday WePlay publicly stated that "none of the members of the roster are on the personal international or state sanctions lists for their activities." The same is true for Virtus.pro legal entity, therefore WePlay doesn't have any legal grounds to terminate the contract and pull us out of the competition.
Virtus.pro also believes that WePlay's public position does not correspond to the actions that the company actually takes.
Reputational-wise, we would like to point out the difference between this company’s public statements and their real motives.
WePlay’ publicly stated: "Our company doesn’t have any contracts with Russian-based organizations, therefore we are pulling Outlaws out of the competition." It’s not true and that’s why the company is appealing to some mythical sanctions in the notification of the contract’s termination.
A brief look at the list of participating teams at WePlay Academy League Season 4 is enough to realize that WePlay is paying lip service to their commitments not to partner with Russian-based organizations. The key factors in their decision making are personal sympathies and antipathies.
WePlay suspended VP.Prodigy from WePlay Academy League Season 4 after public pressure from the Ukrainian community. The Russian roster was supposed to play at the tournament under the neutral name Outlaws.