The Gambit esports team will be competing under the temporary name "players" in the ESL Pro League Season 15 CS:GO competition.
Earlier this month, ESL instituted a policy change that banned any esports organizations with "apparent ties to the Russian government" from competing. At the time of the announcement, the only two affected teams were Gambit and Virtus Pro.
However, it did provide players the opportunity to compete under a "neutral name," disallowing any representations of their country, organization, or their team's sponsors on their clothing (or elsewhere). Now, it seems that the Gambit esports team has picked what is quite possibly the most generic name ever.
Gambit players have agreed to compete in #ESLProLeague Season 15 under neutral conditions. They will be known as the team "Players" throughout the competition.— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) March 14, 2022
With that, all teams for Season 15 are now confirmed! pic.twitter.com/x3xl2wsLh8
Gambit Esports Team Will Continue to Compete in Tournaments
As highlighted on Reddit, the official ESL Twitter account made the announcement that the Gambit esports team would be competing under the team name "Players" for Season 15. With this final change, all teams for Season 15 have been confirmed.
Strangely, this isn't the only temporary name change that Gambit is undergoing. As with most esports organizations, Gambit has divisions for different games, one of which is Valorant. Gambit's team for that game will be allowed to compete as well; as Dotesports highlights, the team name will be "M3C" for that particular competition.
Gambit was not the only team affected by ESL's recent policy change in response to the Russia-Ukraine war. Esports team Virtus Pro was also affected by this decision; it made the decision to compete under the name "Outsiders" for the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 15 competitions in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.