Evil Geniuses and FURIA are mulling options for a potential protest prior to the start of their ESL One Cologne match today after proposals to recognize the ongoing social justice protests in the United States were shot down by ESL, according to sources close to the situation.
FURIA and EG asked to postpone today's match to show solidarity with the NBA, whose players sat out playoff games Wednesday in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After that idea was nixed by ESL, the teams proposed the idea of playing the first round of today's match without moving and with in-game names supportive of racial equality and Black Lives Matter, according to sources. That, too, was shot down by event organizers.
As such, the teams are contemplating what action to take during the match. One possibility currently being discussed is letting the round time expire without moving for the first round of map one. The teams would then continue the match from there. The match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET, so the discussions are still ongoing.
Chaos Esports Club requested and was granted Thursday a postponement of their own ESL One: Cologne match, which is now scheduled to take place at the same time as FURIA vs. Evil Geniuses. The aforementioned four teams have all made it to the semifinals of the North American side of the tournament.
When reached for comment, an ESL representative said: "We don't comment on that kind of speculation."