Claims of eSports players not being paid continue
The Vega Squadron is the latest to be accused of not paying its players
There have already been plenty of stories of eSports organizations not paying their players. The accusations have been a recurring theme for six years, but it appears that no solution is any closer to being offered. If eSports is ever going to make it to the Olympic Games, it can only happen once teams start being responsible with their players and their actions.
Vega Squadron apparently hasn’t learned that lesson and is one of the latest organizations to be called out for shirking its compensation obligations.
Vega’s team manager, Allen “bonkers” Cook, took to Twitter, thanks to TwitLonger, to leave a long, stabbing tweet against the organization. Dota 2 players are apparently not receiving their pay and says that “four or five” still haven’t been compensated. He adds that the “person responsible for making the payment isn’t responding to most of the players.”
Cook himself hasn’t paid for some activity from last year. He explains, “During last season I assisted a stack that were [sic] 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 organisation 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.”
He asserts that it’s time for players to have a stronger voice and urges anyone who hasn’t received the agreed-upon compensation to come forward. That way, as a group, the gamers can fight for what is rightfully their money.