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My Take: G7 Teams and Unpaid Prize Money

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(The following is a guest post from Jeff ‘Smeagol’ Dickinson.)

I have to say, I’ll give G7 a little bit of credit (a fingernails width) for paying some of the prize money from 2010 to the winners from 2008. I’m curious how much of that money will end up in the hands of the actual players from that event considering most of them have probably dropped off the face of esports. Also, how many of those players are giving money back to themselves? I’m curious what the actual amount of money is that will exchange hands, and who specifically will be receiving it. Chris gets it right, where is the transparency?

Speaking of transparency, let’s just acknowledge for a moment that the organizer of G7 is one of the leading players with the fnatic organization, so to a large extent, he is doing this for his own personal good as well as, “the good of the community.” Just mentioning this for full-disclosure, in case you didn’t already know.

I will acknowledge, first, the issues with holding tournament organizers legally accountable. For one thing, international law is a very tricky business. The teams are often from one or more different locations, or could be headquartered in Sweden or the UK. The tournament could be in Paris or Dallas. Once you understand the international nature of these different enterprises it becomes harder to seek recourse because the laws of one country are so different from the next. Furthermore, often times the teams and players, just by competing in the tournament, have agreed to contracts that have all kinds of horrifying stipulations and conditions. However, that said, just once I would like to see someone actually take legal action against one of these tournaments. No, no, no. I take that back. I would like to see someone (or a group of person) ATTEMPT publicly to take legal action. That would REALLY be the best thing for the community. It’s not the money that’s the problem, clearly, it’s the repeated abuse of these players. Taking legal action, whether successful or unsuccessful, would set a new precedent, and send a strong message to anyone who wants to manipulate gamers in the future.

Until next time-