The accusations are mainly regarding the financial mistreatment of the players
Looks like we are gonna run short on popcorn as there seems to be another drama unraveling. This time, it comes from the western part of the world, South America.
South American esports organization paiN Gaming has been accused of mistreatment and exploitation of players.
The accusations come from website Esports Haven. paiN Gaming has teams for games like League of Legends, Vainglory, Clash Royale, Overwatch and Dota 2. But the article specifically says that they came across information of the organization’s unethical behavior towards its Dota 2 team.
PaiN Gaming allegedly pays its players a monthly wage of $250-300, "their buyout clause being 200 times more than their remuneration”. The website also alleges that the organization takes 50% of the players winnings as their own share. The rest of the 50% is equally divided among the five players.
But the most damning allegation is that the players’ prize money is used for boot camp expenses as well.
Esportsheaven further goes on to say they’ve validated that few of the members are not contracted and are playing as free agents. In addition, they also mentioned how some players are yet to receive any prize money for majority of their earnings in 2018. The reason, they say, cited by the Brazilian organization, is that the organizers have not released their payments.
Upon contacting Beyond The Summit, the website was informed:
"BTS has sent out payments to all previous Dota Summit participants who have completed the necessary event participation forms. These payments include PaiN Gaming's prize winnings at the Dota Summit 9 which were fully paid out.
Our event paperwork is for the players' protection as they must agree to any portion of their event winnings going to anyone other than themselves, eg: their organization, a coach, or any other individual."
The website was later informed that w33 was paid directly by BTS and the rest of the earnings went to the organization.
Following this article, paiN gaming has made a statement of their own.
The organization took to Twitlonger to refute the claims by the “foreign blog”:
The blog claims in an incorrect and ill-intentioned fashion that we exploit our DotA 2 players financially and also attacks our organization with false informations (sic) acquired from anonymous sources.
We have several ways to prove that the allegations that were made do not reflect the reality. Some of the accusations are borderline absurd. We are taking measures to ensure that this story is clarified and the appropriate measures are taken.
paiN Gaming has always been the South American esports organization most committed on developing the SA DotA 2 scene. These actions do not reflect our history, values nor objectives.