Two years after, GESC still owes VGJ.Storm prize money

May 13 2020 2 min read
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Yesterday marked the second anniversary of VGJ. Storm's victory over Keen Gaming in the GESC Thailand Dota 2 Minor. Unfortunately for the victors, their $110,000 prize money wasn't paid.

Esports betting website, Rivalry Dota posted an update regarding the team's situation on Twitter to mark the anniversary. It was shared by some of the former players and ex-player now commentator; Kyle Freeman added that even casters didn't receive payment.

That year, the Global Electronic Sports Championship held two Minors from the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit, the Indonesia and Thailand Minors. Each had a total prize pool of $300,000 and both had players, along with talent and independent companies that weren’t paid what they were owed.

On October 30, 2018, all affected parties published an open letter which brought the whole incident to the limelight, warning other businesses, players, and teams, away from GESC. It also revealed that the total sum owed is over $750,000, despite having an agreement with Valve to ensure prize money be paid out no later than 90 days after the event. 

Fortunately, the developer took action, and on April 8, 2019, Valve filed a lawsuit against the company in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore. Winning the suit, the court ordered GESC to undergo an examination to determine what company-owned assets could be used to pay off what they owe. However, while the examination took place on February 12, no official statement has been made regarding their findings and the next course of action.

The case highlights the scary scenarios that some players and talent have found themselves in regarding esports events around the world. Although they seem to be reducing in prominence, they’re still a reality that could befall anyone, hence the need for stricter checks and balances.

As the GESC case has been in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore for months now, it certainly hasn’t been forgotten, but a bit more communication would go a long way in carrying the aggrieved along.


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