Earlier this week, reports surfaced that esports event Gaming Paradise still owed prize money to teams like G2 Esports and Na`Vi. But according to the CEO behind the event, unpaid prizes and bankruptcy are all part of the plan.
In a comment to Aftonbladet, Gaming Resorts CEO Sasa Bulic brushed off the problems and promised to be back.
“I can confirm [the unpaid prizes],” Bulic told the site. “I see it just as a minor set back in our plans for world domination. We plan to comeback in gaming in few years, after debts are taken care of. It makes me happy to see we are still so popular.”
By “taken care of” Bulic likes means put in a position where the debtors cannot recoup them. The G2 Esports statement earlier this week claimed that Gaming Resorts had told the team that the organizers would likely enter bankruptcy soon, with no assets to pay their debts.
Even if the previous organizers start a new company and carry on like nothing has changed, the teams will have no recourse if the Gaming Resorts legal entity folds.
Bulic also made a lengthy statement on Facebook and even asked for donations via PayPal to help cover six-figure losses.
Bulic may see the event as “popular.” Most in esports would consider “infamous” a more accurate adjective.