Winterfox is an eSports organization competing in several different eSports competitions. These include League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and several others. Recently, Winterfox owner, Brian Cordry, has been under scrutiny from the public and the gaming community as well. This was due to the scandal that involved him not paying players that play for his CS:GO team.
The CS:GO Winterfox team is from North America. However its players are from Australia and New Zealand. The current roster for Winterfox Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team features Mike ‘apoc’ Aliferis, Ryan ‘zewsy’ Palmer, Chris ‘emagine’ Rowlands, Chirs ‘ofnu’ Hanley, and Raznik ‘RaZ’ Bastadjan.
Players not Paid Their Due?
The problem with Winterfox CS:GO team appeared when people made it public. The team owner has not paid players’ salaries. Additionally, it was revealed that the team would not be able to participate in the ESL Pro League tournament. This was mailnly due to the failure of the team officials to secure the visas for the players.
Even though the team is based in North America, the players are, as mentioned, from Australia and New Zealand. Hence, they are required to have visas for entry into the United States. However, the team officials didn’t manage to secure the visas on time. That means the ESL Pro League will not feature Winterfox team.
According to some reports, team players have said that their salary for March was not paid. Brian Cordry has not denied these allegations, and he explained that salaries are late because sponsors are delaying payments.
Cordry and others have also attempted to solve the visas problem by contacting the ESL and asking them to intervene. However, ESL decided not to stress over this issue. ESL officials explained this by stating this people should deal with internally and not by the ESL.
Long Standing Debt
In the midst of all this controversy, former Winterfox player, Chris ‘dexter’ Nong has publicly stated that the organisation owes him more than $3,200 in payments. This is the money for outstanding results, and the debt dates back as far as October. Dexter is still under contract with Winterfox. However he left the team since his public outreach. Up to this point, he didn’t receive a chech for the results he achieved while playing for Winterfox.
When it comes to the ESL Pro League, if this team fails to obtain visas in time, they will have to play from Australia. However, considering a high likelihood of technical problems, primarily ping, they might be forced to forfeit their matches. Consequently, this will destroy all their hopes of staying in the League for the next season.
In general, eSports in Australia and New Zealand has been subject to several controversies in the recent period. With Winterfox and Tainted Minds coming under scrutiny, it seems that the local eSports scene has been experiencing some serious problems.
On the other hand, many amazing players in other eSports organisations are from this region. While the industry itself might be struggling a bit, New Zealand and Australia players aren’t overly concerned. They’ll continue to do what they do best. They are trying not to stress too much over bureaucracy.