Sep 3 2016 - 5:46 pm

NRG owner ordered to turn over documents in suit by former Team Imagine coach

NRG eSports founder Gerard Kelly has been ordered to turn over financial information by the New York Supreme Court as part of a lawsuit against Kelly and former associate Martin Shkreli
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

NRG eSports founder Gerard Kelly has been ordered to turn over financial information by the New York Supreme Court as part of a lawsuit against Kelly and former associate Martin Shkreli.

The pair and their former organization, Maelstrom Gaming, are being sued by Rohit "CurryshotGG" Nathani over $25,000 in supposedly unpaid salary for CurryshotGG's time coaching the Maelstrom-owned Team Imagine.

CurryshotGG claims that he has only received $5,000 out of the $30,000 he was allegedly owed for his time coaching Team Imagine. The $5,000 CurryshotGG received was sent to the coach from Shkreli’s personal PayPal account.

Shkreli, who shot to infamy last year after hiking up the price on an anti-HIV drug his pharmaceutical company had purchased, is also currently facing charges of securities fraud. Shkreli was also involved with another esports team, Ex Nihilo, and was accused in February of owing $75,000 in total to former coaches, analysts, and players across both teams he had been involved in.

Kelly responded to the motion formally in March. In his response, obtained by ESPN Esports, Kelly claimed to lack the information to respond to more than half of the claims made in the suit.

The motion, which was handed down on Thursday, orders Kelly to produce the information in accordance with the motion of discovery within 30 days. The three parties are also set to appear for a preliminary compliance conference on Oct. 18.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.