G2A Accused of Not Paying its Sponsored Teams
G2A has been a well-known sponsor in the esports industry for a long time. However, recent reports show that their esports practices have been less than ideal. In the past, G2A have been accused by teams such as compLexity of not paying them their sponsor money.
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This failure to pay sponsored teams the money they deserve ultimately led to Team Archon being closed down due to decreased funding from G2A, as confirmed by Jason "Amaz" Chan on his stream last night.
Archon was one of the most successful and independent Hearthstone teams of 2015. They had players on their roster the likes of World Champion James "Firebat" Kostesich, and Paul "Zalae" Nemeth, as well as Jon "Orange" Westburg. Their last remaining player, William "Amnesiac" Barton, is now also a free agent. Team Archon also had several attempts at a Dota 2 squad, but never managed to really gain any significant foothold.
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Amaz was picked up by NRG Esports yesterday, going from an owner to a sponsored player once more.
Despite this, G2A still sponsor a big number of esports teams. Some of the higher profile organizations sponsored by G2A are Virtus.Pro and Na'Vi. Not paying their sponsored teams is not the only scandal G2A is involved in.
Their G2A Pay system is also being used by certain gambling sites to evade the cease and desist letter sent to them by Valve in late July, and they have also been previously criticized for apparently selling keys stolen from developers.
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