Filipino organization Adroit Esports joins the rather long list by now of esports organizations and teams that are forced to cease all operations due to financial struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All members of Adroit’s Dota 2 team, as well as the Adroit staff, have been released from any contractual obligations, the organization announced in a Facebook post from November 14, 2020.
Extract from Adroit Esports official announcement:
“It is with a heavy heart that we share to the community that we have released our Dota 2 roster and all of our support staff as we cease all operations for Adroit Esports.
We started Adroit small but with big goals for the future. A few championships but with honor, we raised the banner of SEA, PH, and Cebuano Dota. We once entered the competitive Valorant scene and it was filled with numerous championships. All things, big or small, come to an end. Sacrifices were made by everyone on the team to stay afloat but the pandemic situation has led us to the inevitable.”
Adroit’s disbanded roster:
- Justine “Tino” Grimaldo
- Nicholson “Mac” Villanueva
- Nikko “Nikko” Bilocura
- Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
- Bryle “cml” Alviso
Adroit Esports formed only in May last year and have climbed the SEA ladder pretty fast. By the time TI9 was over, they were already able to challenge the biggest competitors in their region and secure spots at the ML Chengdu Major and ESL One Los Angeles Major. Unfortunately, they never got to play in the LA Major, as the pro circuit was halted for an indefinite time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Adroit kept fighting and participated in all the online events held for SEA, but besides a couple of top two finishes, they struggled to maintain at the top. Most recently, they finished top 6 at DOTA Summit 13, winning $4,500 for their efforts.
Over the past several months, numerous Dota 2 teams have been forced to shut down, having no real prospect for a possible return of the valve sponsored Dota pro circuit season. Geek Fam and Reality Rift from Southeast Asia ceased all operations back in September. In NA, after Chaos Esports dropped the Dota 2 squad and CR4ZY released all their esports teams, Evil Geniuses remained the only organization with a Dota 2 roster, however the team hasn’t been active since September. Most recently, Team Unique in CIS took the same approach and released their Dota 2 team citing that at this moment “it is most unprofitable to keep the team in this discipline.”