The VALORANT EMEA Champions Tour announced on Thursday that they will be delaying Week 3 of the ongoing EMEA Challengers 1 Qualifier due to the crisis in Ukraine caused by Russia bombing and reportedly invasion efforts. All matches have been delayed until next week, at the earliest.
The VCT EMEA organization stated on Twitter: "After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone VCT EMEA Week 3 games. Our community’s welfare is integral to us and at this time, our number one priority is to support the players, casters, staff and fans affected by the escalating crisis in Ukraine."
The decision was met with broad support from the VALORANT and esports community. Many people took to the comment section to thank them for their decision, and to offer support for the Ukrainian people during the ongoing crisis.
The EMEA VALORANT region includes teams from both Ukraine and Russia. Natus Vincere is based out of the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv, while Gambit is based out of Russia. Given the escalating violence between Russia and Ukraine, the VCT's decision to delay the matches makes sense.
NaVi published a statement regarding the Russian attack on Ukraine, saying: "Russia attacked Ukraine. And now there are hostilities that take human lives and destroy actual destinies on the territory of our country. It is impossible that during this was we pretend that everything is okay. It is not. We are devastated. our main goal right now is to try to stay calm and take care of ourselves, our loved ones, and those who need help. We are all together in this. And together we'll get through this."
The situation is developing, we will update this article as we learn more about the VCT EMEA's new schedule.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.