The popular English esports platform FACEIT wants to open new servers in Moscow. How will this affect the lives of Ukrainian e-sportsmen?
Ex-NAVI player Arseniy ceh9 Trinozhenko spoke about this on his Twitter.
“On September 28, 2023, the popular English esports platform FACEIT announced the opening of a “new location” of its servers in Moscow. This platform hosts e-sports tournaments and matches for such popular games as Counter-Strike and PUBG, while at the same time, all players from the EU are offered to play on Moscow servers, citing “avoidance of language barriers.” Any foreign IT company in Russia is required to comply with the Landing Law (No. 236-FZ), according to which the purpose of the law is to impose a duty on the owners of foreign IT resources with a large Russian audience to open official representative offices in the Russian Federation. Representative offices of such companies are required to store data of users using servers in this location.
Since, unfortunately, this country is a neighbor to Ukraine, players from our country will by default be sent to Russian servers, where all the data of our citizens will be transferred to all special services, according to whose project this law was invented.
Therefore, I ask you to consider the possibility of limiting this platform to prevent the transfer and tracking of Ukrainian cybersportsmen, either in the format of an official appeal to the platform from the UK, or to do this at the level of our region, obliging Ukrainian Internet providers to block access to these servers of a neighboring terrorist state,” wrote Arseniy .
Arseniy Trinozhenko was a former player for the Ukrainian team NAVI. He finished his playing career at the end of 2021.
On September 28, 2023, the popular English e-sports platform FACEIT announced the opening of a “new location” of its servers in Moscow – https://t.co/JuQgIXhqCw. This platform hosts eSports tournaments and matches from such…
— Arseniy Trynozhenko (@cehebu4) September 28, 2023