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G2 Esports CEO Carlos Rodriguez agreed to take eight weeks of unpaid leave on Monday after appearing in a video on Twitter celebrating a win with banned influencer Andrew Tate.
G2 reportedly lost a franchise slot in Riot Games’ esports championship Valorant, announced today. Riot Games today revealed 30 teams in the Valorant International Leagues and G2 was not among them.
The Counter Strike reporter neL reported on Twitter that the reason G2 was banned was because of the controversy surrounding Rodriguez and Tate.
Rodriguez agreed to take unpaid leave after him posted a video of himself on Twitter Saturday while celebrating with Tate, an influencer who was banned last month on TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram after complaining of terms of service violations such as hate speech and misogyny.
G2 had just won the spring season of the 2022 League of Legends European Championship and finished second in the summer.
“Nobody can ever control my friendships. I draw my line here. I party with who the fuck I want, Rodriguez said after complaints about the Tate video. On Sunday, G2 Esports tweeted: “Last night we let you down. Our CEO’s actions spoke a language in stark contrast to the value and culture that G2 lives and stands for. And for that we apologize.”
Other Rodriguez said Sunday, “Many G2 fans were disappointed this weekend, which created confusion as to what I stood for. It has always been my constant goal to advocate for absolute equality of opportunity regardless of who you are or where you come from, which it’s all about the game. “
G2 recently announced its first all-female League of Legends team. According to a May Forbes report, the G2 was worth $ 340 million and may be needed for a re-evaluation on this front. G2 and Riot did not respond to requests for comment.
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