Bandai Namco and Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios has cut its ties with the tournament organiser WePlay Esports. The decisions come in statements delivered over Twitter that detail the plans without directly giving a reason for them. It is widely assumed however, that the decision comes after WePlay announced a partnership with Russian betting organisation 1xBet.
The statement from Bandai Namco reads, "Bandai Namco Entertainment is constantly striving to deliver the best esports tournaments and events to please our players and fans.
Due to differences in vision and professional standards, we will no longer be working with WePlay as an esports tournament organizing partner."
NetherRealm's statement mentioned a similar decision, "NetherRealm Studios is constantly striving to foster the best esports tournaments for our dedicated fans and community.
Due to differences in vision, we will no longer allow our games to be utilized in WePlay operated esports events."
This decision will directly influence the recently announced WePlay Ultimate Fighting League, and to mark that, WePlay has also issued a statement on the decision from Bandai and NetherRealm.
"WePlay has always strived to raise the standards in every tournament we put together by delivering the highest quality events, using innovative production techniques, and providing the best conditions for players and talent alike," said WePlay. The statement continued, "The news received today caught us by surprise. Since WUFL began and after the event finished, we tried to discuss the future seasons, go over feedback, and address the first season with both NRS and Bandai but have had no response.
Our vision and dedication to the FGC have not changed, and we will continue to move forward by making amazing events and content that the community deserves."
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