One of the top ten esports companies in the world may have lost its coveted franchise spot in Riot Games’ next pro game. valorant league because the CEO defended partying with internet misogynist Andrew Tate. Outside reports and comments from some employees certainly make it seem that way, hinting that G2 Esports is now facing a huge loss, all because their boss insisted on “partying with whoever they want.”
valorant It’s already one of the best games streamed on Twitch, but Riot plans to overhaul its esports scene in 2023 to launch of a new league system Similar to League of Legends. There will be two tiers, with the most sought-after and lucrative spots going to partner teams who will stay in the international leagues year after year and receive a regular stipend from Riot.
G2 Esports was reportedly poised to grab one of those partnership spots until its CEO, Carlos ‘ocelot’ Rodriguez, posted a video last weekend showing him drinking champagne with Andrew Tate, who was recently eliminated. from all major social platforms for hate speech and in general. fostering horrible views of male identity and the treatment of women.
Riot released the official partner list for the 2023 season on Wednesday.Y pretty sure, G2 is not in it. The company said that one of the things it prioritized when choosing partners was “eitherOrganizations that share our values of always putting fans first, celebrate our diverse community and are committed to supporting professionals.”
According to point esports, Riot made a “u-turn” over the weekend and will no longer reserve one of the North American franchise spots for G2. Reporter of 1PV neLendirekt said Riot held an “emergency meeting” before deciding to leave the esports company over the recent controversy, with Sports business magazineby Kevin Hitt adding that the decision was due, at least in part, to the “recent dispute with the CEO and Andrew Tate”.
Weather Kotaku has not been able to independently confirm this, several comments from G2 employees on social media seem to back this up. “The decisions of Riot are theirs, you can agree or not, it is his game and they do what they want with it”, artist of G2 Enelthion tweeted. “But the repercussions are going to hit a lot of us behind the scenes, the players and the staff, so think before you tweet gleefully.”
A member of staff in the alliances and IT department tweeted, “I wanted to say something about the current situation of G2 after working in this company for 9 years and 9 months, but it wouldn’t make a difference. These are by far the worst 4 days of my working career and I can think of nothing else but to continue to support my team and my colleagues”.
While G2 placed Rodriguez, who co-founded the organization in 2014, on two months of unpaid leave, many did not accept the CEO’s eventual apology. That’s due, at least in part, to a series of pro-Tate tweets that he continued to like throughout the crisis.
Given Riot’s own history of sexual harassmentand his current campaign to review that corporate culturenot surprisingly, the company is loath to give a lucrative deal to an esports team whose boss was partying with someone who has routinely joked about abusing women. Now the hack could end up hurting other parts of G2 Esports.
“There is only one party I blame in this situation,” tweeted a relatively new hire in the company’s social media department. “He may not be a misogynist, but he has proven himself to be an irresponsible and selfish CEO who is incapable of repentance. Now we have to suffer the consequences.”
Riot declined to comment. G2 Esports did not immediately respond to a request for comment.