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The Deadman
04-25-2016, 08:45 AM
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/04/25/esl-bans-porn-sponsored-esports-team

The Electronic Sports League has banned Team YP, a pro gaming team from Europe.

Team YP's main sponsor is adult website YouPorn, which breaches an ESL policy which prevents teams from being sponsored by organizations which are "widely known for pornographic … or other adult/mature themes and products."

According to VentureBeat, Team YP offered to re-brand several times, however the offers were turned down and YP are no longer allowed to participate at ESL events.

An ESL spokesperson gave the following statement to GamesBeat:

"Advertising pornography is not legal in the markets we operate in, and the vast majority of partners we’re working with have strict ‘no drugs, no alcohol, no pornography’ rules that we’ve contractually taken on board. These aren’t new rules but ones that have been in our rulebooks for a long time. We have spoken to Team YP manager earlier this year, and in that conversation we’ve explained the situation and rules in detail and offered to look for potential alternatives in a bigger group. At the same time, we’re consulting with our legal teams about this. We will inform the team and the management as soon as we have any updates."

Team YP manager Claire Fisher said the ban, "in spite of Team YP operating as a completely SFW brand, clearly separated from any adult content, seems unfair to say the least.” The team has been sponsored by YouPorn since 2014.

Im sure the eSports scene will take a major hit after this one /sarcasm.