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Esports Team NAVI Refuse To Leave Ukraine

The Ukrainian esports team fights for their country

Ukrainian esports organization NAVI states it won’t leave Ukraine despite Russia’s attack. 

“The war continues. Now every resident of Ukraine, including the NAVI employees, is doing everything possible,” NAVI writes on its website. “They protect the cities as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense, provide assistance in Ukraine as volunteers, or simply take care of loved ones.”

The organization states that roughly 90 percent of its employees reside in Ukraine at present. While NAVI intends to stay in its home country, it is helping to remove people from the most dangerous sections of Ukraine and find them places to stay. 

“On our cars, volunteers daily deliver humanitarian aid around Kyiv and the region, and all NAVI clothes are distributed to people who spend the second week in cold bomb shelters, to children in hospitals and orphanages,” states NAVI.

Support for Ukraine

More and more organizations are declaring support for Ukraine by halting business with Russia. Microsoft, EA, Epic and Sony have paused all transactions with the invading nation. Additionally, metaverse pioneer Microsoft is aiding Ukraine in preventing Russian cyberattacks, Meanwhile others such as CD Projekt RED and 11-bit studios are helping Ukraine by donating to charities. Doom co-creator John Romero has made a new game map for Doom 2 and is giving all proceeds to charities supporting Ukraine.

Return To Normalcy

Though Russia continues its unprovoked assault on Ukraine, NAVI plans to return to its work in whatever format possible. NAVI states it will “start covering matches, posting videos and communicating on social media.” However, the esports organization stresses that it will not stop talking about the dire situation in Ukraine.

“Now more than ever, it is important to speak up about what is happening here and support each other. Hopefully, in March, we will launch several projects in support of the population of Ukraine. We hope for your understanding and support.”

Written By

Jack Brassell is a freelance journalist and aspiring novelist. Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. As an author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. Also an avid gamer, she works as the lead news editor at Hardcore Droid. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge-watching Parks & Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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