Valve sues GESC for failing to pay the teams and talent from Thailand and Indonesia 2018 Minors
In what is an unprecedented action from Valve, the Singapore-based tournament organizer Global Electronic Sports Championship (GESC) is getting sued in the High Court of the Republic of Singapore for over $750,000 in debts towards the teams and the talent who took part in the GESC: Thailand and GESC: Indonesia Minors from March and May 2018.
Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of marketing, declared to Dotesports that the lawsuit was filed on April 8 this year.
“Our agreements with tournament operators require timely payment to participants. We feel this is vital to the success of these events long term. When operators fail to meet those requirements, we follow up,“ said Doug Lombardi.
GESC’s debts have accumulated from both Minors ran in the 2017-2018 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). In October 2018 the teams and talent featured in the two tournaments wrote an open letter addressed to Valve. Additionally, Code Red, a company founded by Paul “Redeye” Chaloner that provides a full suite of consultancy and agency services including talent and player representation, released a clarification note on the same day with the open letter to draw attention on the GESC CEO, Oskar Feng, who at that time was about to launch a fundraising campaign for a future project where he listed Redeye as “eSports Advisor”.
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