Plugged In: More legal troubles with esports
Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!
One of the first news stories of the day is the announcement of the first female African American CEO in esports as Peak6 Investments bought the independent team Evil Geniuses. Evil Geniuses has a long tradition in the esports community and also it's history is one that is shared by many esports teams in this growing arena with several ownership changes over the years. It was initially sold to Twitch as part of its gaming group but that dissolved and eventually EG wound up on its own but all the while maintained a strong footing in the gaming world especially in the league of legends style DOTA2. Peak6 is an investment firm that specializes in tech but has also crossed into traditional sports numerous times and reality is for them this is simply the next realm of investing. Peak6 has named Nicole Jameson as the CEO and tasked her with growing the brand and also with handling the day to day operations of the esports organization.
The lawsuit filed by TFue against Faze sports just got even uglier. In the lawsuit which basically boils down to unfair contracts, TFue alleges he signed initially with the team when he was under 13 years of age which is the minimum for all of these agencies and groups that gaming goes through. You can't be an affiliate Twitch streamer, you can't be a youtuber, you can't be in the fortnite events if you aren't at least 13. Well Faze disputed those claims obviously, except now it's come out that an active player on the Faze roster is only 12 years old themselves and have been with the team for over a year, making them at best 11 when they signed with the team and the family was encouraged by Faze to lie about the kid's age to be able to compete in the events. He's already won over $5k in Fortnite events that he shouldn't have even be eligible to enter, what's the penalty for knowingly playing ineligible players? In college sports it's at the least vacating wins and potentially the death penalty for a program, so what's esports options?
The idea of recruiting children and having them lie to boost their eligibility isn't a good sign for an organization being a trustworthy and fair bunch. Overall this is the kind of thing that esports overall need to avoid, it's a bad look and suddenly the focus becomes on exploited children and not on the competition of the leagues. Overwatch League requires you to be at least 18 to compete and that's a reasonable standard, but having such a low age as the barrier for entry isn't a great look overall, it's reminiscent of women's gymnastics and how often nations accuse other nations of using girls that are too young to compete and it gets messy very quickly.
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