CS:GO Tournament Postponed as Kyiv Comes Under Missile Attack by Russia
The war continues to rage on leaving only destruction in its wake.
The war between Russia and Ukraine continues to rage on with the former launching a barrage of missile attacks on Kyiv, the capital and most populous city of Ukraine.
In order to ensure that its team in Ukraine remains safe, WePlay took the decision to postpone the start of its CS:GO tournament - WePlay Academy League Season 6 (WAL S6), which was initially slated to start from 10th October onwards.
A majority of WePlay staff is located in Kyiv, Ukraine and for their safety the tournament organizer took the decision to suspend the start of its academy league as the city was struck by missiles from Russia for the first time in months.
WePlay Academy League Season 6 postponed as multiple missiles strike Kyiv
Russia started the invasion of Ukraine in February earlier this year, eight months later the war between these two countries is still ongoing. Yesterday, a barrage of missiles struck Kyiv along with other Ukrainian cities resulting in a lot of civilian casualties while also causing large-scale destruction. This forced WePlay to suspend the start of WAL S6, prioritizing the safety of its team in Ukraine.
"We are forced to postpone the start of WAL Season 6. Our main value is our employee's safety and we cannot explore them to additional risk. Further update on the tournament start will be announced later," stated WePlay Esports in a public statement.
The organizers further stated that they had been preparing for weeks to kick start the sixth season of the academy league, and they were sure that nothing could stop them. Unfortunately, the large scale missiles attack made them reconsider and finally call off the start of the tournament.
"Today our entire country woke up to a massive missile attack by the Russian Federation. Sirens and explosions are heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro, and a dozen other cities in Ukraine. Some areas have the electricity supply cut off. Dozens of dead and hundreds of wounded are already reported," states WePlay.
WePlay Academy League Season 16 will be featuring a total prize pool of $100,000 USD, a total of 14 academy CS:GO teams competing in it across the months of October and November.
It will feature three different stages - Group Stage, Gauntlet Stage, and Playoffs, with Flames Ascent and MIBR Academy joining this tournament in place of Young Gods and Eternal Fire Academy.