What used to be tensions between Russia and Ukraine has turned into war—a war forced upon Ukraine as footage of Russian aggression piles up. Amid it all, many can only watch and take a stand.
Usually apolitical as are most esports organizations, Astralis broke the mould and changed its logo’s colors in solidarity with Ukraine—a simple move that spoke volumes.
We stand with our friends in Ukraine, peace, and free people across the world.
— Astralis (@Astralisgg) February 24, 2022
The war will undoubtedly impact esports—especially in the CIS region, where Russian players team up with Ukrainians frequently (e.g.: Na’Vi in CS:GO, several teams in the League of Legends Continental League).
Meanwhile, other teams are joining Astralis in voicing their support—as is the case with Ninjas in Pyjamas.
We stand with the people of Ukraine and for peace in Europe.#StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/KDD4dMaSXB
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NIP) February 24, 2022
Update: 12:06 CET — G2 Esports have also voiced their support for Ukraine, hours after Astralis first did so.
Sending all of our love to those affected by today’s events ♥️
We stand for peace. pic.twitter.com/XBqMMa1bLF
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) February 24, 2022
Update: 13:20 CET — Excel Esports, Fnatic and SK Gaming, both of whom compete in the LEC against Astralis, have also joined the Danish organization in expressing their support for Ukraine.
We stand with the people of Ukraine and for peace. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/tFCBRfpTRU— EXCEL (@EXCEL) February 24, 2022
Our thoughts are with all our Ukrainian friends.— FNATIC (@FNATIC) February 24, 2022
We stand for peace. pic.twitter.com/OVEq2LxQY1
SK Gaming expressed their support a few minutes after Astralis did so.
Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine 🇺🇦 💙 💛— SK Gaming (@SKGaming) February 24, 2022
May there be a swift resolution to this conflict and a return to peace 🙏