NSFW: ESports team banned from ESL because of YouPorn sponsor

It looks like the porn video company may need to find a new way to get into games.

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It appears that eSports is taking a stiff position on promoting sex in their business. They are not going to take it lying down, so the ESL has slapped a YouPorn team with a premature ejection.

According to Polygon, (via VG 24/7), Team YP was given the thumb by the ESL because “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 spoke to the manager of Team YP earlier this year and in that conversation we explained the situation and rules in detail, and offered to look for potential alternatives in a bigger group. At the same time, we are consulting with our legal teams about this. We will inform the team and the management as soon as we have any updates.”

Team YP responded via Twitter that they were disappointed. "We will continue to strive towards professionalism and transparency." 

According to GamesBeat, Team YP apparently made several attempts to get their hands around the situation, including an offer to rebrand the team, but the ESL stood firm and said the thrust of its decision would stand.

“I am disappointed that Team YP’s growth is being stunted by this decision, not to mention the effect that this will have on our roster of players,” Team YP manager Claire Fisher told GamesBeat. “While for some, our participation in esports has been controversial, stopping our players from competing because they are sponsored by us, in spite of Team YP operating as a completely SFW [safe for work] brand, clearly separated from any adult content, seems unfair to say the least.”

All sex jokes aside, it is unfortunate for the team, who will now need to look for other representation unless a last minute deal can be reached.

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    April 26, 2016 12:00 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, NSFW: ESports team banned from ESL because of YouPorn sponsor

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      April 26, 2016 12:09 PM

      Oh cum on Keef... Really need to stoop that low?

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        April 26, 2016 12:12 PM

        Well, I'm not going to bend over and take it ...

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          April 26, 2016 1:52 PM

          I liked it. I'd say it was a moneyshot, and a stroke of genius. I give it a 10.

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        April 26, 2016 12:13 PM

        seriously, Evolve was dead on arrival

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      April 26, 2016 12:12 PM

      That really blows.

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      April 26, 2016 12:17 PM

      When I see pasty pro video game dorks come out with their glow in the dark keyboards and fireproof overalls, the last thing I wanna do is be reminded of dudes wackin it in a dark room illuminated only by the glow of their high refresh monitors

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        April 26, 2016 1:25 PM

        Their most prominent team is an all-female Counter-strike squad, tho.

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      April 26, 2016 12:18 PM

      I thought they squashed this issue last year? Honestly, its to be expected. Both Team YP and ESL tournies aren't that good anyway.

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        April 26, 2016 1:00 PM

        The workaround was to just call them Team YP, but that's apparently not enough for ESL. This sucks for the players the most.

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          April 26, 2016 1:35 PM

          Yeah, it really does. Im not too familiar with the players,but Im sure they will find another spot somewhere. Maybe Team YP will just stay out of ESL tournies. Imo, the ESL ones are the worst.

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      April 26, 2016 12:19 PM

      YouPorn as a sponsor? That's disgusting. PornHub offers way better content and services.

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        April 26, 2016 12:26 PM

        I want to see a Porn Team eSports tournament from all the major porn sites

        Teams fighting it out from:
        YouPorn
        YouJizz
        PornHub
        XVideos
        Smutty

        RedTube
        Various SubReddit teams could make up the fillers

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          April 26, 2016 2:40 PM

          TubeKitty's team is made up of players from all the other teams.

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        April 26, 2016 1:21 PM

        Same company I thought?

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      April 26, 2016 12:26 PM

      Blood and gore and mutilations; A-OK! Boobs, not so much!

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      April 26, 2016 12:28 PM

      NWS!

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      April 26, 2016 12:32 PM

      It's still English as a Second Language to me.

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      April 26, 2016 1:10 PM

      Context achieved!

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      April 26, 2016 1:11 PM

      Context achieved!

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      April 26, 2016 1:12 PM

      How giddy were you when you wrote that first paragraph?

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      April 26, 2016 1:16 PM

      Bad move by ESL. Just a huge boner.

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      April 26, 2016 1:24 PM

      makes sense when you're dealing in the geos that ESL is

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      April 26, 2016 1:34 PM

      Hahahaha LOL :) that first paragraph made my freaking day Keef, LOL :) ah shit, well played.

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      April 26, 2016 2:59 PM

      Morons acting like a porn site is a valid sponsor.

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        April 26, 2016 7:36 PM

        Okay, I'll play. If they provide money and follow the rules, why are they not a valid sponsor?

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          April 26, 2016 8:57 PM

          Because esports are popular with children. Because their website is illegal in countries where esports leagues may wish to have a presence.

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          April 26, 2016 9:06 PM

          for the same reasons Playboy isn't the official magazine of the NFL

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      April 26, 2016 8:50 PM

      Pornography has destroyed many marriages, and gives people the wrong idea
      of what sex should be like.

      Do you ever wonder why in pornography, the two people that have sex are never married?
      Kinda strange isn't it?

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        April 26, 2016 8:55 PM

        Really makes you think dot dot dot

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        April 26, 2016 9:07 PM

        This message brought to you by Jesus.

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        April 26, 2016 10:31 PM

        I assumed it's because they're actors payed to play a role (which is having sex on camera) but damn I never thought about why they weren't all married

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        April 26, 2016 10:50 PM

        Nope. Never cared one bit. It's porn.

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        April 26, 2016 11:56 PM

        Has it? Does it?
        No. No.

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      April 26, 2016 9:09 PM

      Now these are articles I can get behind on the shack!