When twenty five North American CS:GO pros signed to five of the seven teams participating in the Professional Esports Association (PEA) signed an open letter airing their dirty laundry coming from dealing with the management side of the Association in the matter of the PEA teams’ participation in ESL Pro League instead of the league organized by PEA itself, which would have been the preferred options on the side of the team owners, it was almost inevitable that shit was going to blow. And blow it did. To be specific, stuff went wrong on Team SoloMid, resulting in the recent announcement that the org has released it’s CS:GO roster.
The drama on TSM started when the owner of the team, Andy “Reginald” Dinh expressed his disappointment after seeing that his newest acquisition, Sean “sgares” Gares, the future in-game leader of the updated Team SoloMid CS:GO roster, was among those who have signed the open letter condemning PEA, an organization which has Reginald among its founding members. Things went out of control, chat logs were leaked and TSM released sgares.
The crux of the whole matter was that the PEA players wanted to choose the tournaments they play, meaning EPL instead of the PEA League, despite the fact that they signed contracts promising a certain amount of sponsor activations and other things, like playing events they are told to play, in exchange for a wage. The more decision-making power they gave up, the more they got paid. In an interview with Duncan “Thorin” Shields, Reginald said that sgares agreed to play where Reginald told him to in exchange for more money. He signed the contract. And then, a week after the news about the player joining Team SoloMid were made public, he signed an open letter implying that player’s rights (which he himself signed away for more money) were being oppressed. All of that without talking to the owner of his new team about the problems and also getting the rest of his new roster to sign the letter as well. Understandably, he got fired. If you publically aired your grievances with an org you’ve just joined a week ago without saying anything to your bosses, you would be fired too.
After sgares was thrown out, the relationship on the team started deteriorating. Apparently, the situation reached such a dire condition that Reginald was forced to release the rest of the roster, Russel “Twistzz” David Van Dulken, Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, Skyler “Relyks” Weaver, and Hunter “SicK” Mims. Explaining the decision in a statement, TSM’s PR people had this to say:
“Team SoloMid is an organization that is built on having the future of its players as a top priority. Given the current situation, it was clear that the correct decision for us was to find a new home where the four players could continue their careers along with Sean. As such, we spent the last few weeks searching for the best option possible for the players, and eventually selected the option that the players themselves most desired. As for the EPL spot, earned by Semphis, FNS, Relyks, SicK, and Twistzz, we will be transferring that to their new organization. It is extremely unfortunate that our experience in CS:GO has resulted in a situation such as this, and we are extremely disappointed that we were unable to keep the squad together underneath the TSM banner. Nonetheless, there are no grudges held over the result and we wish them all the best of luck in their continuing careers.”