In a statement on their official website, Natus Vincere announced the release of both Levi "LnueF" Edelijn and Quinten "Quinten" van der Zijpp. The duo had represented Na'Vi during the Fortnite World Cup this year in Duos, placing 44th and winning $100,000 for placing 11th-50th.
The Dutch players have put out separate Twitlongers about their free agency and it is not clear if the pair will definitely stay together or are open to going their separate ways.
Mykhailo "M1ke" Palamar, the Fortnite General Manager at Na'Vi claims that it is the fault of Epic Games and their failure to cater to organsations that led to the decision. He claims that 'despite huge interest in the discipline on behalf of the players, the publisher, Epic Games, does not support the esports clubs, completely ignoring their interests.'
He went to on give the Fortnite World Cup sponsorship rules as an example of this, as the number of sponsors and the type of sponsor were both limited. This saw Na'Vi partner GG.BET banned from their jerseys as 'gambling products' were prohibited alongside other things such as firearms, alcohol and political candidates.
There was also criticism of the prize pools offered in Fortnite. M1ke stated that 'Developing the esports scene exclusively based on huge prize pools is a short-run and risky model, so NAVI esports club made a decision to not maintain the Fortnite roster and focus on other titles.'
As one of the biggest organisations in the CIS region, Natus Vincere have a substantial fan following and field rosters in Dota 2, PUBG, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege and Paladins.
They also have two CS:GO rosters, with their main team's star player Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev hailed as quite possibly the greatest player to ever touch CS in terms of his mechanical ability.
Na'Vi Junior have been making waves as the young talents have twice managed to best veteran team HellRaisers.