Think the esports industry is as glamorous as it sounds?
Well, think again.
The shady matters in esports
For most people, the concept of doing what you love and earning money from it has got to be a dream come true. This holds true especially for people in the esports industry – from professional players, team managers, and even media persons. However, not everything is a happy fairy tale as the industry holds a dark side from its spotlight.
Here are some of the untold, dark truths about esports.
Unpaid prize money
Just recently, Reddit user u/nextmetaGna appealed a complaint to the Reddit community regarding Dota 2 team TNC Predator and esports event China TOP 2017. TNC, who emerged as the champions for the tournament, claims they have not yet received their hard-earned prize from two years ago, despite proper documents and necessary details to have been submitted to the organizers.
We are appealing to the organizer to settle our claim and we are also asking for understanding in using the social media to address the issue, but there is no longer person, directly in charge to reach out to.
This isn't the only case under the issue, as u/DeMoN_909 replied to the Reddit thread claiming that their team Digital Chaos also have not been paid out for China TOP 2017.
Will we ever get to see this issue settled, or will these teams fail to acquire the money they've played so hard for?
Any corporation and organization in the esports industry is built relatively on a smaller scale, comprising of volunteers who are passionate and have faith in games. Some have stepped up from being volunteers to actually having positions in esports organizations. However, sometimes the pay that they receive doesn’t really justify their positions. This goes true for one particular case – the members of professional esports team HappyFeet.
In a narrative explained by Anthony, a former Mineski employee, the HappyFeet team members “earned a salary as low as 8000php ($150) per month.” This is below the minimum wage in the Philippines, and probably way less than the pay of players in other countries.
“When I raised the issue with Ronald, he told me I didn’t understand ‘Filipino mentality’ and that paying players more would only result in them wasting that money.”
From our view, HappyFeet sure did won a couple of LANs for Mineski, but the organization sees giving a raise to the team as “the players wasting money.”
You can read all about the fiasco here.
The issue of players breaching contracts here and there is not really something new in the world of sports. However, it is becoming more frequent in the esports scene.
Late last year, issues have surfaced regarding League of Legends European team G2 Esports, who have been accused of player poaching. One of G2’s star players, Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic has been reported to have been contacting different players while they were still in contract with other esports teams.
Perkz has already denied these issues, saying he has never contacted any players through a representative.
Riot Games has already penalized a case of player poaching involving CLG and Team Dragon Knights, which were both fined $10,000.