Just a week or so after signing a contract with Team SoloMid, the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and in-game leader, Sean “seangares” Gares has been cut from the roster. The decision was made not because of his in-game deficiencies or anything like that. No, he’s been cut due to the recent PEA EPL debacle, after signing a public letter with 24 other CS:GO players, playing for teams belonging to the Professional Esports Association.
While it would seem that seangares is getting punished for speaking out in public, the truth is probably not that simple, just like with everything else surrounding this subject. It is honestly very hard to tell what’s what in this matter. From what appears to be the case going by the messages with the owner of TSM, Andy “Reginald” Dinh seangares posted to Twitter, it seems like the problem wasn’t that the player signed the open letter. It was that he didn’t try to talk to Regi first, participating in an action which was set to hurt the public image of an organisation he had just joined.
According to Reginald, seangares not only signed the letter without even trying to discuss the problem with his boss first, he got his teammates, who didn’t really have anything to do with it, to sign the letter as well, without even showing it to them beforehand. If the timeline of the whole thing is right, Reginald only made the decision to let seangares go after talking to the rest of his roster. While it’s probably an unpopular opinion to have and not entirely correct besides that, I am personally on the side of Regi in this one.This does not reflect the views of Drakemoon.com.
Think about it, you sign a player. A week into his contract, the player signs a public letter that hurts your org. Not only that, he gets the rest of the team to sign it. All without actually talking to you in person about the whole thing, only informing you that his interests are going to be represented by some other guy. Can you really trust a player like this in the future? I would say that you can’t.
There is no right and wrong side in this situation. This whole matter is a very murky place to be in. What the seangares thing brought up is one thing. Haven’t these eSports people heard of non-disclosure agreements? Seriously, the leaked private messages are getting ridiculous. Of course, it could also serve as a PR control tool, allowing people to portray their side of the story in case the communication gets leaked. This could be what Reginald is doing a little bit to get people on his side with the messages, in case they get leaked. Of course, a Tin Foil Hat lvl 100 is needed to even think of this…