Virtus.pro gave up on PUBG lineup; Squad does not fall apart
Russian eSports organization Virtus.pro announced the dissolution of its PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS lineup, which had been performing under the Northern Lights Team tag for the past few months. As stated in the official announcement, this decision is due to the current state of the professional PUBG scene.
It’s been more than 18 months since we joined PUBG. Our roster with its perennial leader Alex “BatulinS” Batulin has shown everyone what it truly means to be The Bears. Our team has been one of the regulars in the top-3 of the biggest competitions and led the rankings of the best rosters in the world.
However, the situation in the PUBG esports ecosystem has changed dramatically. Tournament opportunities and publisher support for our region are not what they used to be. Keeping the roster even of this scale of successfulness isn’t viable anymore. Problems with logistics are also on the list of obstacles for our international roster to play on a few LANs that are still out there. We had to make a tough, but calculated decision to step away from PUBG and disband the roster until the time is right.
The players have what it takes to continue their journey to the top. We are thankful to the team for the hard work as The Bears and wish them best of luck in their future endeavors.
VP opened a PUBG division in December 2020. In early February 2022, the club renewed player contracts. Since then, the team has earned $652,000 in prize money. In particular, Virtus.pro took third place at the PUBG Global Championship 2021 in South Korea, receiving $344,000 in prize money.
The team will continue to play with the same lineup under the tag Northern Lights Team. From July 22-24, the team will play in the grand finals of the sixth season of G-Loot PUBG.
Former Virtus.pro lineup:
- Россия, Russia, RU Alexander "BatulinS" Batulin
- Россия, Russia, RU Kirill "Lu" Lukyanov
- Украина, Ukraine, UA Yaroslav "spyrro" Kuvichko
- Украина, Ukraine, UA Dmitry "Perfect1ks" Dubenyuk
- Россия, Russia, RU Vitaly "TheTab" Karkeshkin (Coach)