Virtus.pro is one of the most decorated and oldest esports clubs in the world, founded on November 1, 2003. The club's rosters have won multiple championships on international Major tournaments in Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and other disciplines. Virtus.pro is in the top 10 in the world in terms of the amount of prize money earned — more than $18 million. At the moment, the club has Dota 2, CS:GO, Rainbow 6 Siege, Warface rosters, CS:GO academy — VP.Prodigy, as well as the female CS:GO roster — VP.Angels.
Virtus.pro is headquartered in Yerevan, Armenia.
The history of Virtus.pro
The international esports club Virtus.pro has its history since 2003. The name "Virtus.pro" means "professional prowess" (from the Latin "Beatitudo non est virtutis praemium, sed ipsa virtus"). The basis of the club was the CS 1.6 A-line team, which included Ivan "F_1N" Kochugov, Petr "Patrik" Zakharov, Viktor "Sally" Filimonchenko, Vitaly "Ant1killer" Smirnov and Sergey "MegioN" Ignatko.
VP's CS 1.6 roster was one of the strongest in the CIS region. The Bears have won many domestic tournaments such as the Arbalet Cup CIS 2004 and ASUS Open Winter 2004, and also performed well on the international stage, winning bronze medals at ESWC 2004.
In 2007, Virtus.pro signed a Dota Allstars roster. In this discipline, the Bears were represented by NS, ARS-ART (Smile), Vigoss, Admiration and Jolie. In DotA, VP also often took top places in competitions, in particular, winning several tournaments in a row from the MYM Prime Defending series.
In 2009, the club disbanded all squads and went on hiatus, resuming its activities in April 2011. The basis of the revived club was the CS 1.6 Iron Will roster, which included Ivan "F_1N" Kochugov, Alexey "HEL1" Novikov, Vladimir "Vofkin" Shmakov, Alexander "TAL1" Talismanov and Alexey "LeX" Kolesnikov. In 2012, Virtus.pro also launched a Dota 2 roster, which included Yaroslav "NS" Kuznetsov, Andrey "Dread" Golubev, Alexander "Santa" Koltan, Kuro "KuroKy" Salekhi Takhasomi and Nikolay "Azen" Belyakov.
In 2012, VP transitions from CS 1.6 to CS:GO. On January 25, 2014, the club signed the Polish five AGAiN: TaZ, NEO, pashaBiceps, Snax and byali. This roster won the first Major for VP - ESL One Katowice 2014. Over the next four years, the roster won many international tournaments and consistently stayed in the top 10 of the world ranking.
In September 2014, Virtus.pro signed the NVMI stack as the second Dota 2 roster - VP.Polar, and in April 2015 this roster became the main one in the club. At TI5, Illidan, God, DkPhobos, Lil and fng defeated one of the heavy favorites of the tournament, Team Secret, in the playoffs, which helped the Bears reach the top 5 in the main tournament of the year for the first time in history.
In the same year, VP got its first League of Legends roster. The biggest accomplishment of the Bears in this discipline was the victory in the spring split of the Continental League 2017.
In 2016, the Bears failed to qualify for TI, which led to the disband of the current team and the signing of a new squad, later named the "Golden roster". Alexey "Solo" Berezin assembled a team that included Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev, Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko, Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov and Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk. With this line-up, the team reached the final of The Kiev Major 2017, took 5th place at TI7, losing only to the future champions of the tournament Team Liquid, and also won the first major of the 2017/18 season.
In the same year, VP got a Fortnite roster. The club's first players in this discipline were Jamal "Jamside" Saidaev and Artur "7ssk7" Kyurshin, who, under the VP tag, made it to the top 10 at the ESL Katowice Royale tournament and also managed to qualify for the Fortnite World Championship, where they took 33rd place and earned $100,000.
In December 2019, Virtus.pro disbands the Polish CS:GO team and signs the AVANGAR roster. The core of that team, captain and sniper Dzhami "Jame" Ali and coach Dastan "dastan" Akbaev, have been playing together since 2017. Under the Virtus.pro tag, the team wins a large number of tournaments and is fixed in the world top.
On April 1, 2020, VP starts an academic Dota 2 roster — VP.Prodigy. Talented young players quickly proved themselves on the world stage, winning several tournaments, and in November they've been transferred to the first, main line-up of Virtus.pro. In September of the same year, VP.P got a CS:GO roster. The success of working with young talents is confirmed by regular transfers of academy players to other clubs.
In May 2020, Virtus.pro signs the Rainbow Six Siege roster. The Bears won the first tournament under the new tag — RML.
In December of the same year, VP signed the Northern Lights PUBG roster. Over the next two seasons, this roster has consistently been in the top 3 of the world ranking, won all European trophies and took third place at the PUBG Global Championship 2021. In 2021, VP also got a PUBG MOBILE roster.
In 2022, VP signs a Warface roster, which in the next few months has established itself as one of the strongest.
On November 13, 2022, Virtus.pro CS:GO players (Jame, FL1T, Qikert, fame and n0rb3r7), playing under the neutral Outsiders tag, won the IEM Rio Major 2022 final in Rio de Janeiro, becoming world champions and winning $500,000 in prize money.
In December 2022, Virtus.pro introduced the female CS:GO roster - VP.Angels.
At various times, Virtus.pro had rosters in Paladins, Free Fire, Apex Legends, Artifact, Quake Champions, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft 2, World of Tanks, CrossFire, League of Legends: Wild Rift, War Inc, Rage of Titans, FIFA, etc.
Since 2022, Virtus.pro has been headquartered in Yerevan, Armenia. The general partner of the club is the betting company Winline.