We’ve previously covered Team YP, the YouPorn-sponsored eSports organization. While Team YP has been able to participate in various tournaments under their controversial (Editor’s Note: not to us) sponsor, they’re now banned from all ESL (Electronic Sports League) held events.
The reasoning (via Venture Beat) for the ban is actually due to the main sponsor, YouPorn. This comes from a new rule which effectively prohibits sponsors that are “widely known for pornographic[…]or other adult/mature themes and products”.
YouPorn has done everything to distance the team from the website, even abbreviating the team’s name to Team YP. They’ve even gone as far as censoring the team’s logo on their shirt during the 2015 Capcom Cup Finals since they were prohibited from wearing a shirt that displayed the YouPorn logo.
Despite their efforts to make the brand safe for work, it wasn’t enough as they are still banned from all ESL held events.
A spokesperson for Team YP had this to say:
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 […] 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 safe for work brand, clearly separated from any adult content, seems unfair to say the least.
The ban currently affects the organisation’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Starcraft 2 and Evolve teams from competing.