A month after an esports organization collapses, its founder returns with a new team
Only months after controversies over missing payments and poor treatment of players forced Alloy Esports to shut down, founder Stephen "Aldaris" Moore is back with a new team.
In September, we reported on how the North American StarCraft organization had been recruiting players under the guise of sending them to international events, only for payments and other promises to never materialize. Three-time Austrian champion Wolfgang "Cube" Schwarz, for instance, was owed more than $1,500 in outstanding expenses and salary following his brief stint with Moore's organization.
Shortly after our story broke, Moore released a lengthy statement accepting full responsibility for the broken promises. He said he'd stand down from Alloy Esports.
“My goal and dream was to help elevate players to the highest possible levels of success” he said.
“Unfortunately, I failed to do so in a proper and morally correct manner. To my fellow fans of eSports and specifically Starcraft, Please do not let my poor choice of actions and decisions deter you from following and supporting esports.”
Sources tell the Daily Dot that Moore still yet to pay the outstanding amount he owes players. The negative publicity and public admission of guilt hasn’t prevented him from setting up a new esports organization, however. Moore has approached several players, including some who were part of Alloy Esports, and has been offering them similar deals to join this new brand, which he calls Everclear Gaming.
Moore did not respond to a request for comment on this article.
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