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GESC accused of non-payment of dues

The accusations towards GESC come from Red Eye, Team Secret’s Director and a former Employee.

When Anthony “Scantzor” Hodgson posted on medium regarding the unprofessional work culture in the SEA region, no one knew it would open up a can of worms. Scantzor revealed in the medium post how Mineski allegedly mistreated players and paid them less than minimum wage and how Entity Gaming violated the contract and did not pay the complete severance. But the accusation that had made waves around the world is of GESC, which recently hosted two Dota 2 minors in SEA.

Scantzor revealed in his post that GESC had not paid the dues to the talent, teams, players and contractors, including his own work at the GESC Bangkok and GESC Jakarta Minor. He said that Oskar Feng, with whom he had a good friendship and was in direct contact, told him in June that he would receive his payment within two weeks. But the payment never arrived.

Following these accusations, Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey, who is the Director of Team Secret, posted on Twitter a link to an open Letter to Valve. The letter reads that it is from a “group including teams, players, talent and agencies that attended GESC events in 2018.”

The collective accuses GESC of non-payment of a total of $750,000.  

“The players and teams have not yet received their prize money from the organization from either of these two events”, the letter reads. “This, despite GESC having an agreement in place with Valve to adhere to the 90-day limit on prize money pay-out.

In addition, Code Red Esports, Layerth and several other independent companies and individuals remain unpaid (either in full or part) for their services, conducted professionally and delivered on time and without complaint.

Further, the on-screen talent and independent contractors who attended and worked in production also remain unpaid from both events.”

In a statement, Code Red, the company of Paul “Redeye” Chaloner said:

“Paul, through Code Red, was previously contracted by Oskar Feng to provide a number of services to GESC, which were delivered. Since July 1, 2018, neither Code Red nor Paul Chaloner have had any agreement with GESC. GESC currently owes Code Red £16,200 for services provided and is long overdue in payment.”

But Scantzor says that he does “not think that Oskar deliberately screwed us over”. He mentions that Oskar had earlier mentioned problems with investors, and believes that the investors backed out at the last minute. He also goes on to say that while hiring, Oskar thought that Scantzor was undervaluing himself and negotiated him up.

But this does not end here.

In a report, gameishard.gg says that GESC CEO Oskar Feng is looking to secure more funding with “Project Hero”. They received a presentation from an undisclosed source which was allegedly for investors. In the presentation, they have allegedly leveraged their achievements with GESC for Project Hero, but have not mentioned GESC anywhere. Even Oskar Feng’s name is not mentioned, but the site says that the Co-Founder and CEO matches Oskar Feng’s profile.

Source: gameishard.gg
Source: gameishard.gg

They have also said that the 2Q Genting Minor which is mentioned in the event pipeline of Project Hero is under contract with ESL, according to a source.

Furthermore, the presentation mentions Paul “Redeye” Chaloner as the esports Advisor, which he declined in the statement by Code Red which has been linked above. He said:

“It has come to our attention that Code Red Esports' Managing Director, Paul Chaloner, is listed as the "eSports Advisor" on fundraising documentation for Project HERO, which claims to be "Southeast Asia’s First World-Class eSports League". Paul has never advised on this project, nor was he aware of it, until we were provided such documentation. We understand that Project HERO is headed up by Oskar Feng, who was previously Founder and CEO of GESC.”

We have contacted GESC for statement but have not received a reply as of publishing. More on this as the story progresses.

MN | Rudraaksh

MN | Rudraaksh

Rudraaksh is a dentist by trade but a gamer by heart. He’s written for adventure sports website and volunteered for a Germany based newsletter, but is currently taking the esports scene by storm.

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