Vancouver Titans Is Teamless After Releasing Roster
The Overwatch League’s Vancouver Titans recently had to release their entire roster due to the fact that they couldn’t compete. The team couldn’t compete because it’s composed entirely of South Korean players who can’t travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing them from doing home and away games. The team was on a roll this season and they came in second place last season but due to travel issues, sensitive information and player confidentiality, the Vancouver Titans had to let everyone on the roster go, including two coaches. Overwatch is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC right now.
The organization and the team have been dealing with a very complicated situation which included sensitive information and player confidentiality made even more challenging by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said eSports Director Tim Holloway. “The team started the season with two convincing wins but meanwhile the impact of COVID-19 was being felt across the globe and all businesses were being affected, including ours. With cancelled homestands and travel increasingly limited, the players were bound to their training facility home. Once it became apparent this would be an extended situation, and out of an abundance of caution, the players were flown to their homes in South Korea to be with their families.”
The OWL team was training top human performance centers with a built-in esports training center with chef prepared meals, top quality equipment for both gaming and fitness, and access to physical training and mental health resources. The initial plan was to move the competitors to the Asian division but this presented its own challenges and the players were let go instead.
“With the organization unable to meet the players expectations in Korea and after much deliberation and conversation with the players, the difficult decision was made to move the team back to the North American division and both the players and management agreed that finding a new home for the players would be in everyone’s best interest,” continued Tim Holloway.
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