Chinese Hearthstone tournaments finally pay out thousands in owed prizes
After months of delay and confusion, it appears that the saga of unpaid winnings from China's biggest international Hearthstone tournaments has finally come to an end.
Last month, the Daily Dot reported that all but two of the Western players who won prize money at the World Esports Championships and World Cyber Arena tournaments hadn't been paid their winnings—months after the tournaments took place.
Over the past couple weeks, that money has finally started trickling in. Tempo Storm's Peter "Gaara" Stevanovic has finally been paid the $27,625 he was owed, and Andrew "TidesofTime" Biessener of Cloud9, has finally received the $32,500 he won back in September.
In January, Rania Hatzi, the official Western player liaison for the event, told the Daily Dot that blame lay on both sides. "On one side, some of the players significantly delayed sending their banking information for the transfer," Hatzi said. "On the other side, the Chinese banking system is quite different, so it takes significant time to sort out the correct routing numbers, as well as to clear the wire transfer."
Players and managers admitted that some of the fault lay on their end, but those issues now appear to have been resolved.
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