GameSpot reports that the French champions of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be withdrawing from the Intel Extreme Masters over safety concerns.
Team EnVyUs will not be participating in the competition, which takes place from November 21-22 in San Jose, California. They broke the news with a statement on Twitlonger:
“As many of you know, our full team is French and the country is in a trying time. This morning as our players were beginning their travels, multiple airline threats and airplane diversions occurred. Simultaneously, additional threats and raids were carried out in Paris. At that time, we decided that the safety of our team members was at risk and to cancel the team’s appearance in San Jose.”
The raids referred to are among many conducted by French authorities to counter the November 13 terrorist attacks that left 129 people in Paris dead. Airports have been reopened in France, following a countrywide shutdown.
The tournament will carry on as planned in San Jose, with the participaton of Cloud9, Luminosity Gaming, Natus Vincere, and Ninjas in Pyjamas among the invited teams. Counter Logic Gaming will fill in the spot left by Team EnVyUs.