Ho Boy, on the drive home I had some time to think about this, so sit down, strap on and brace yourselves this is a doozy…
I am basing this on what everyone else is hearing as well so I have no knowledge as to the extent Team YP and ESL went to try and patch this before it came to the current situation. Most of this is conjecture and common gosh darn sense!
Now I can’t say I agree with ESL’s decision, but I can also say I’m not exactly surprised. Now what I do find surprising is how ESL is handling it and why this may not be in their best interest.
So I made this point earlier. A lot of people are going to look at this and say, “Well No Shit they banned them, you can’t have a porn site sponsor a video game team, that’s too adult!” But again, a lot of Professional Gamers are sponsored by Gambling sites and there isn’t an issue. Now opinions can differ to which, if either, is worse however legally they are almost the same. For example in the USA, you have to be 18+ to work or view porn and 21+ to enter a Casino (but only 18 to buy a lottery ticket)
To me that makes them legally the same, with the only difference being public perception. Another issue I take with the argument it that a lot of e-sports games are rated M for Mature (PEGI 18, ect) the target audience for some of these sponsors. Now if I ran an organization like ESL I’d have simple rules:
- No Adult Product Sponsors if your team includes minors
- No Adult Sponsors in T rated or below games
- Adult Sponsored Teams must have at least 3 sponsors (2 of which cannot be Adult in nature)
- Teams cannot be named after Sponsors (team logos at certain dimensions can be on uniforms)
Every time it comes up, the big wigs at ESL/MLG always talk about “e-sports breaking into mainstream”. Hell even the guys a ESPN are starting to look at it more seriously now! So assuming they want this stuff to be as big as “Regular Sports” they are going to have to grow in market share. So how do you do that? You have to get exposure, do live events and all that jazz. A lot of people who go to basketball games, football, futbol matches, baseball games all go and have a great time!
You know what else they do? Drink beers, something that right now ESL probably wouldn’t allow. For every enthusiastic fan, there is possibly their boyfriend/girlfriend who is only making it through thanks to the beer. Also an important thing to keep in mind is WHO is coming to these events. Chances are it’s not a bunch of kids buying tickets to get in and watch…
Team YP and ESL
Now how does all of this relate to Team YP’s current situation? I think personally, they were a little to in-your-face about it. Everybody knew who team YP was. Do I think there is a bunch of kids who saw/would have seen Team YP in play and then found YouPorn and corrupt their little souls?
I was able to find Porn pretty easily back in my day, like my father and his father before me. Now ESL can do whatever they want, it’s their rules. Maybe Team YP offered to change the name but it wasn’t good enough. Maybe ESL knew that the damage was done so no name change was good enough. All I can say is personally, I’d like some gosh darn consistency on this kinda stuff. Another thing is I have seen about a 400% increase in “Team YP and ESL” on the Internet so if they wanted to try and keep from being associated with them, well it might have backfired…
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