Denial Esports gets behind on player payments
Denial is apparently in denial over unpaid wages
A Call of Duty gamer who played for Denial Esports from January 29 to April 19 is publicly calling out the organization for not paying salaries to the players. Nathan “Natshay” Dupuis posted to his Twitter account yesterday with a complaint about the lack of payment, asserting that several players have still not received their pay or bonuses.
Natshay explains that he and his teammates had made an agreement with Denial’s co-owner, Zach Smith to be paid $5,000 per month. The first payment would be made upfront prior to the beginning of their inclusion with the organization ahead of the CWL Pro League Matches in Ohio, but there were reportedly issues with the payments arriving on time. The team decided to push forward in order to practice for their matches, which included a week-long boot camp in Las Vegas.
That boot camp didn’t clear things up. Denial was reportedly to pay for the entire week, but ultimately only covered the first night – Natshay indicates that he paid for the rest of the nights. There were reportedly promises made by Denial to the team that they would be paid, but those payments never came and Denial ultimately replaced all of the players.
After Natshay’s tweet started making waves, Smith published his own tweet calling the player a liar. He stated, “I’ve been getting tagged a lot in a post in regards to Nathan and his false allegations. I’ll be speaking with my team internally to figure out this following matter.”
This isn’t the first time Denial has been called out for owing money to players. The same tactics of making big promises and not fulfilling them, as well as using lawyers to make convoluted contracts with backdoors for the organization caused Denial to suffer seriously last year.