|Craig "Torbull" Levine: One of the founders and active member of G7 Teams.|
For those that are sitting there and saying "what the f**k? Why so mad??", familiarize yourselves with this announcement that the G7 Teams released via their website back in June of this year (June 30th). Just for future reference, this is a little more than three months ago. I will post a segment of what is absolutely necessary to understand below but to fully grasp the issue I urge every one of you, to go read the entire news post. That will make you understand why the G7 Teams statement was bullshit to put it kindly. The kind of bullshit one would make up to their parents on how they will improve their studies or a cocaine addict would give to a judge.
"1) Since the ESWC is yet to address prize money owed to past winners, including those from 2008, the G7 Teams will allocate 10% of prize money won at ESWC 2010 to the ESWC 2008 winners. All none G7 teams are more than welcome to follow and make it public on their websites.
2) The G7 Teams will allow ESWC a 90-day grace period, beginning from the end of the ESWC 2010 event. During this grace period, the ESWC must both pay 2010's prize money in full and publicly address the issue of prize money owed from 2008. If both of these requirements are not met within 90 days after ESWC 2010, the G7 Teams will immediately place ESWC on boycott status.
3) Within the month following ESWC 2010, the G7 Teams will also make public our action plans for other event brands with outstanding prize money debts." - G7 Teams
Well great f*****g job G7, it's November. Since your release of the statement above the only thing you have released are some useless rankings in Counter-Strike and Quake Live. The rankings the G7 released even were post-ESWC rankings meaning they followed the god damn tournament. Now read point three again: Within the month? Oh WAIT, stop right there. The first three words already get my point across. The G7 has done nothing to announce its plans for the debts owed by the ESL, CPL, GGL and countless other leagues that might or might not end with an "L". Now I don't want the G7 to boycott the ESL because I truly believe that the ESL is doing great things, but at least address your plans as promised. This way we can see you guys are doing something, because to be honest it doesn't take much to release a statement saying you will do something. I can imagine the G7 meetings:
|Alexander Mueller: SK Gaming representative to the G7 Teams.|
After which one of them just posts some shit on G7 Teams - seems like a matter of a 15 minute meeting to me, which it really seems like it is because if they were doing actual work with the G7 Teams, they'd have their statement after one month explaining what their plans are. Statement doesn't exist; Max "mki" Kieturakis is kind of pissed. OK G7, that's one broken promise - let's move on.
"1) Since the ESWC is yet to address prize money owed to past winners, including those from 2008, the G7 Teams will allocate 10% of prize money won at ESWC 2010 to the ESWC 2008 winners. All non G7 teams are more than welcome to follow and make it public on their websites." - G7 Teams
|Sam Mathews: Fnatic representative to the G7 Teams.|
Well, it just so happens that I work for Frag eXecutors and the Counter-Strike team that is currently with us happened to win ESWC 2008 (under PGS.MYM). Naturally, the first thing I did was set out to contact them, and guess what? Of course they haven't seen a dime, but it gets even better. The G7 Teams hasn't even talked to them or contacted them about the matter since the announcement. I'm not sure if the G7 contacted them at all! Now, it isn't the G7 Teams responsibility to pay what ESWC owes to the winners but why make that promise? I think they did this as a public relations stunt. I'd imagine that being a member of the G7 Teams is a great thing to have in a sponsorship/partnership proposal. So when the G7 Teams looks good, all of the teams in the G7 Teams look good. Not so smart now that we know you don't do the shit you promised to, huh?
Now, I'm used to broken promises in electronic sports. This is absolutely nothing new and I don't expect the G7 Teams to do much but this is where it really becomes evident that the G7 Teams doesn't give a flying fuck about electronic sports (unless it has to directly do with themselves). Point two: "The G7 Teams will allow ESWC a 90-day grace period, beginning from the end of the ESWC 2010 event. During this grace period, the ESWC must both pay 2010's prize money in full and publicly address the issue of prize money owed from 2008. If both of these requirements are not met within 90 days after ESWC 2010, the G7 Teams will immediately place ESWC on boycott status." All it took was a post on their website saying, "ESWC is now on boycott status", after 90 days and at least I'd have something to say on the G7's behalf. Of course, the ESWC has not addressed the issue of owed money from 2008 and I have no idea if they paid the winner's from the 2010 tournament so I won't say anything about that. But really G7, this is a promise you could have kept to save face and now I think I really know what you're about. All deadlines have passed and the G7 has done nothing promised. Not like they ever do...
|Alex Garfield: Evil Geniuses representative to the G7 Teams.|
For me the G7 Teams is not an organization nor is it a federation to help develop electronic sports. For me the G7 Teams is a group of elite organizations which know that together they can make more money than on their own. They know that being a G7 member looks great on a resume. So what did they do? - they created the G7 Teams, nothing more than a marketing ploy. The G7 Teams has the potential to do a lot of great things for electronic sports, but they are not taking advantage of it. It's not in their best interest to do so! Alone I can do nothing, but take this as a plea. Let's express our emotions on the most popular forums in electronic sports so that the G7 Teams and influential figures and websites in electronic sports make this issue further heard. The ESWC won't pay the 2008 winners and future event organizers will see this and do the same if we don't enforce consequences. The G7 made a step forward saying what those consequences would be, but they have not enforced these consequences. It's all in the communities hands, and yes, that means YOU to make a stand and have this issue be heard.
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