Vega Squadron enters the rather long list of those who failed to pay their debts after the former manager of their Dota 2 team accused the organization for never paying the European roster that they signed at the beginning of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit.
Allen “bonkers” Cook, manager of Team Lithium, signed by Vega Squadron in November 2018, opened up in a TwitLonger post this weekend and was immediately backed up by a couple of the players on the roster.
“During last season I assisted a stack that were picked up by Vega Squadron. Due to Team Liquid’s decision not to attend Dreamleague our team “Team Lithium” qualified to the event. We were already in negotiations with Vega about picking the players up and us playing under there banner. It gave Vega added incentive to pick the team up and everything seemed fine. Vega agreed that as we qualified for the event outside of their organization they would not receive a cut of the prize pool but would handle the money. To this day none of the players have received anything of the $15,000 prize pool that was paid on time by Dreamleague directly to Vega (there is actually also some other online event there is money due from also, but it actually appears to me as if Vega do not have any money). Some players are still owed salary and honestly, the negotiations have pretty much stopped after some 6 months of trying to get the money from Vega,” wrote Allen Cook in his public claim, giving the full context of the situation.
Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann and Petu “Peksu” Vaatainen, the two supports playing for Vega Squadron during the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor, supported their manager’s claim by giving more details on how much they are owned from Vega and by shading light onto other debts they are yet to collect. According to KheZu, the CIS organization owe the players about $20,000 in total, which represents the $15,000 winnings from the DL Minor and ~$5,000 from online tournaments.
Both Peksu and his manager from Vega Squadron have also pointed at Aachen City Esports for a similar problem. The CIS organization was quick to drop an entire roster and sign another one during The International 2019 qualifiers. They initially failed in the CIS Open Qualifiers, but once a free of sponsor stack reached the European closed qualifiers, they signed it. However, according to Peksu they never honored their promises. Since the TI9 qualifiers, Aachen City Esports have actually re-acquired some of the players on their initial roster and have now qualified with them for the upcoming $50,000 WePlay! Reshuffle Madness 2019 online tournament.
Peksu’s larger debt portion is coming nonetheless from Vega Squadron, and while DreamLeague is confirmed to have paid the tournament prize money, the situation with other tournament organizers is blurry. For instance, his former teammate KheZu is yet to receive his cut from Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, a tournament that took place in January 2018 and where he attended as a stand-in for OG. He and OG placed fourth at the event organized by Fallout Gaming, winning $45,000. The Indonesian organization PG.BarracX placed 7th-8th in the same tournament, have also confirmed this weekend that they never received the $20,000 prize share.
With the unpaid tournament winnings and unpaid salaries topic being re-opened this past weekend, a lot more pros and managers took the opportunity to remind the community of some of the tournaments that have never paid their prize pools.
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho stated that China Top 2017, an event that took place in November 2017 is yet to pay the Digital Chaos roster from back then about $25,000-$30,000 for their fourth place finish.
Alaan “SexyBamboe” Faraj is still waiting for the payment of $30,200 for his first place finish with HellRaisers at SkinCoin World Cyber Arena 2017 Europe Finals.
Jack “KBBQ” Chen, manager for VGJ.Storm in the 2017-201 season and manager of Forward Gaming in the 2018-209 stated that World Cyber Arena (WCA) is also yet to pay the VGJ.Storm roster $14,500 for their first place in the NA qualifiers for the same event as HellRaisers. On top of that, Jack and his players are also yet to receive their debts from Forward Gaming, which are around $50,000.
The list of tournaments that didn’t honor their prize money also includes two events organized by Global Electronic Sports Championship (GESC), one of them being also a Minor on the 2017-2018 Dota Pro Circuit.
GESC: Indonesia held in May 2018 is yet to pay William “Blitz” Lee and the entire Beyond the Summit video production crew, as well as the flowing teams:
Evil Geniuses – $110,000
VGJ. Thunder – $65,000
Na’Vi – $35,000
Infamous – $35,000
Fnatic – $17,000
The Final Tribe – $17,000
Digital Chaos – $10,000
Rex Regum Qeon – $10,000
Despite not paying all the parties involved with their first tournament, GESC got to host a Minor in the DPC schedule of the same year and the result is that almost nobody working or playing in the GESC: Thailand tournament has been paid. The list of owed parties includes the broadcast talent contracted via Code Red, the production company Layerth, the tournament admin David “Blaze” Dillon and the following teams:
VGJ.Storm – $110,000
Keen Gaming – $65,000
Fnatic – $35,000
Team Secret -$35,000
The Final Tribe – $17,500
Evil Geniuses – $17,500
ALPHA Red – $10,000
SG e-sports – $10,000
Unfortunately, these are only a few of the issues addressed by either the players or the managers. We are just about to enter a new competitive season, and this is the time of the year when everyone is looking to revamp their roster or their status in the pro scene.
“I urge any other players that are in dispute with organizations or have not been paid to speak up, silence will not assist you,” says Allen “bonkers” Cook at the end of his post. An interesting thought to start the week with, for sure.