Virtus.pro to compete at BetBoom Playlist Urbanistic 2023 under original tag
Tournament operator FISSURE, which runs BetBoom Playlist Urbanistic 2023, has allowed Virtus.pro to play in the event under their original tag. The Dzhami "Jame" Ali-led squad will be dropping the Outsiders tag for the first time since last spring.
In March 2022, the largest tournament operators banned the Virtus.pro roster from using their own tag. This decision was justified by the fact that the TOs had information on the club's connection to the Russian government amid the hostilities in Ukraine.
Six months ago, the Armenian businessman Aram Karamanukyan became the new owner of Virtus.pro. Later it turned out that the deal to sell brought the previous owner in VK 174 million rubles ($2.27 million).
The ownership change allowed Virtus.pro rosters in various disciplines to return to competing under their original tag, while the CS:GO team continued to play under the Outsiders tag. Recently, it became known that the tournament operator ESL is finalizing the review of the changes in the structure of Virtus.pro, which could potentially lead to the lifting of the sanctions.
Virtus.pro will kick off BetBoom Playlist Urbanistic 2023 from the playoffs, to which they have previously been invited alongside Cloud9, MOUZ and BIG. The online event with a $300,000 prize pool runs from February 20 to April 3.