Staff Members and Players of Soul eSports Allegedly Unpaid
Former manager and social media coordinator John “mediaBrute” DeHart has made allegations of mismanagement against former Soul eSports owner Brian “SixTen” Russell.
DeHart claims that he was cheated out of more than $2000 in wages and that the Soul eSports team, consisting of Gabriel, Munoz, JuicyFruit and King Nick, were also never paid their salaries. He has also said that he was supposed to be flown out to the Summer Qualifier LAN in Burbank, California, but that this promise was never fulfilled.
Another staff member, the COO, claims to be missing $500 in pay. Russell refuted this by stating that he was only a member of the organization for 2-3 weeks and never had a contract.
The strangest of the allegations is how DeHart claims that Russell tried to sabotage Team eLevate, specifically their player Dillon “Randa” Randa. During the Open Qualifiers several weeks ago, Randa and his team were playing against Russell’s squad. Forgetting to turn off text-to-speech reading for donations, Randa was bombarded with messages while streaming the series.
After looking at the email for the accounts linked to these donations, Randa publically denounced Russell and his organization. Russell denied these claims, stating, “I would never do this to any team”. However, DeHart claims that about a week after the Qualifiers, Russell admitted to the wrongdoing.
Russell’s defense of all of these claims is that none of these contracts, signed by DeHart and the Halo team members, started until June 1st. He also continues to deny being the one who donated to Randa.
DeHart has stated that Russell has sold the organization, for what the latter called “a fuck load of money”.
Soul eSports entered the scene out of nowhere and seems to have exited just as fast. If these allegations are true, this is not an uncommon story in esports. Hopefully everything is settled and the drama fades away. The real victims in this are the players, who have yet to make any statements one way or another.
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