The collapse of video streaming providers Own3d.tv has left the winners of EVE Online‘s New Eden Open tournament bereft of their prize money.
The eSports event, which GameSkinny covered extensively, was promoted on the strength of its $10,000 prize pool which was to be provided by Own3d.tv, as confirmed by tournament video co-ordinator Ólafur “CCP Bro” Steinarsson, who gave credit to “our good friends at Own3d [for] providing us with the prize money” in this update on the tournament organisation.
EVE Online forum enquiries from competitors still awaiting their New Eden Open prize money – $6,000 of which is due to go to the winners, Asine Hitama’s team – have emerged two months after the dramatic final match.
Iceland-based Community Manager Pete ‘CCP Navigator’ McKay was quick to quell dissent with this response on 28th January:
However, as of the close of business in Reykjavik on Friday 1st February, no further details have yet been forthcoming from CCP Games, who hosted the tournament.
With the announcement of the foreclosure and the imminent removal of all online videos, Own3d users were left little time to recover their footage. It is currently unknown if the New Eden Open coverage is available elsewhere, but all links from GameSkinny’s match reports are currently broken.
If an alternative source of footage becomes available I will endeavour to re-establish links to the appropriate matches.