Prize Money  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Prize Money  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Epsilon eSports Could Be Cheating SMITE Players Out of MLG Winnings https://www.gameskinny.com/cf6ak/epsilon-esports-could-be-cheating-smite-players-out-of-mlg-winnings https://www.gameskinny.com/cf6ak/epsilon-esports-could-be-cheating-smite-players-out-of-mlg-winnings Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:13:30 -0400 Auverin Morrow

Epsilon eSports has been on the minds of the SMITE community recently, as they have a namesake tournament -- the Epsilon Invitational -- coming up this weekend. But there's another reason that the community is starting to buzz about this international eSports organization: it's possible that they've been withholding money from members of its SMITE console team. 

Last October, at MLG's Pro League Tournament for SMITE on Xbox One, Epsilon's team came in third place after losing to Elevate in the semi-finals round of the event. The team walked away with $5,000 USD in prize money, which according to their contracts was to be split 80/20 -- with 80% going to the players, and 20% going to the organization itself. But it appears that the players never saw their cut of the money. 

A thread on the /r/Smite subreddit and several Tweets from well-known caster Dmbrandon, Epsilon is withholding the $4,000 USD that was contractually promised to its SMITE console team. It's unclear how this information was brought to light -- though most seem to agree that the source is likely a player who is remaining anonymous for fear of losing their place on the team. 

According to DM's source (and another anonymous source that GameSkinny contacted independently), Epsilon has offered several excuses as to why -- nearly ten months after the MLG event came to a close -- they still haven't received any of the prize money they earned. At first, Epsilon claimed that there was a 3-week delay in getting the money from MLG. Then they began to claim that they were missing essential information about the players' bank accounts and needed to rectify that before they could get the money to them. After a few more increasingly weaker excuses, Epsilon simply stopped answering inquiries about the prize money altogether. 

This is not the first time that Epsilon has been accused of keeping money out of its players' hands.

Earlier this year, HLTV reported that Epsilon's CS:GO team was leaving the organization due to being "unhappy at the lack of support provided by Epsilon, who allegedly failed to deliver on a number of promises made" when they signed. Further digging revealed that the organization owed those CS:GO players four-figure sums and hadn't paid up.

A few months after losing its CS:GO team, Epsilon abruptly parted ways with its SMITE PC team for undisclosed reasons -- a seemingly strange move given that the team had just brought home the World Champion title. But many are speculating that the split happened for similar reasons -- poor treatment of its players and rather shady management practices. 

So far, Epsilon has refused to answer Tweets or requests for comments in reference to the payout issues with their Xbox team. Now some members of the SMITE community have expressed concern that the Epsilon name is still attached to the invitational that is happening this weekend. 

GameSkinny reached out to Hi-Rez for comments on the situation with Epsi's Xbox team. COO Todd Harris had this to say: 

"Our default and preferred position with all Smite Pro League teams is to pay the players directly. In exception cases there are pre-existing contracts between teams and players that require payment to a team owner -- be that a portion of the winnings or the entire sum. In those cases we have players sign waivers releasing Hi-Rez of any payment obligation. But in the majority of the cases, including the Epsilon PC SMITE team, we directly paid the players."

Let me unpack that a little. Whenever Hi-Rez hosts an in-house SPL event, any prize winnings earned are sent directly to the players. But because the event in question was an MLG-sponsored tournament, the prizes won during the tournament were not handed out according to Hi-Rez's in-house policy, but according to MLG standards -- which explains how the money didn't make it to player hands in the first place. 

In response to the use of Epsilon's name on the upcoming invitational, Harris explains that Hi-Rez is simply fulfilling a commitment they made when the organization's namesake team won the World Championships back in January: 

"Epsilon did win the last Smite World Championship.  And Hi-Rez had committed to host an invitational tournament in the name of the winning team.  So this weekend's tournament fulfills that obligation."

So what's being done about the withheld winnings?

Unfortunately, not much right now. But an official comment left on the original Reddit thread reads says that Hi-Rez is investigating the issue and will take appropriate action according to what they find: 

Only time will tell how this inauspicious situation will play out.

We have reached out to Epsilon, its players, and our original sources for further comment, and will keep you updated with any new details as they arise. 

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Ark: Survival Evolved pays you to play https://www.gameskinny.com/9zl4i/ark-survival-evolved-pays-you-to-play https://www.gameskinny.com/9zl4i/ark-survival-evolved-pays-you-to-play Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:48:08 -0400 Smoky Grey

The new hit survival game of 2015, Ark: Survival Evolved, is making a splash with gamers. Most games want you to give them money while you play, but the devs over at Ark seem determined to give you money to play their game.

Bounties for Bugs

The first contest they introduced was a $100 bounty to anyone who could find a hack or glitch that impacts gameplay or server stability on one of their official servers. The very next week they bumped that up to a nice $200. This contest is still going on if you want to pop in and see if you can break their game.

Community Crunch Contests

There are currently two community crunch contests going on right now, the Arkitect and the Arkart contests.

Arkitect is a weekly $100 prize for creating the most unique base or structures with their current build system. There have been some pretty amazing entries into this category so get your creative juices flowing.

ArkArt is a weekly $50 prize for creating art with their new pixel painting system that has recently been added to the game. You might need to channel your inner Picasso to win this one cause the competition is fierce. The contest winners are announced every Thursday over at the Steam page for Ark.

Survival of the Fittest Tourney

The 1st of August commemorated the first of many tournaments the devs have planned. Survival of the fittest pits 35 2-man teams against each other in a death match that will immediately remind you of the beginning of The Hunger Games. After 4 long hours, the top 3 teams made off like bandits with the 1st place spot taking home a massive $20,000.

Alienware Modding Contest

Today Ark announced a new modding contest in which users compete for a $15,000 grand prize to see who can come up with the most amazing mods. To throw some sprinkles on you will also get a new Alienware Area-51 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti. I can't wait to see what they coome up with next.


I will keep you updated as more contests become available. Stay tuned to Ark's announcements page and check out GameSkinny's Ark guides and ways to make the most out of your gaming experience.

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DOTA 2 World Championship Prize Pool is $6,088,770! https://www.gameskinny.com/0rzol/dota-2-world-championship-prize-pool-is-6088770 https://www.gameskinny.com/0rzol/dota-2-world-championship-prize-pool-is-6088770 Tue, 20 May 2014 13:53:10 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

For all you DOTA 2 fans out there, Valve's digital compendium for the World Championship has surpassed its $6 million goal and is still rising.

This development is just another way of showing the impact of eSports in our society. With more than 30 million viewers tuning in to last year's competition, who knows what this year will bring. The International World Championship 2014 begins July 18th in Seattle.

All the rewards have been unlocked for each Compendium owner. Some stretch goals have extra bonuses depending on the Compendium Level.

  • $1,600,000: Evolving Battle Point Booster - Unlocked
  • $2,000,000: Loading Screen Treasure - Unlocked
  • $2,200,000: Arcana Vote - Unlocked
  • $2,400,000: Special Edition HUD - Unlocked
  • $2,600,000: Solo Championship Vote - Unlocked
  • $2,900,000: New Game Mode - Unlocked
  • $3,200,000: Immortal Treasures - Unlocked
  • $3,500,000: Chat Emoticons - Unlocked
  • $4,000,000: Mini-Pudge Courier - Unlocked
  • $4,500,000: New Music - Unlocked
  • $5,000,000: New Matchmaking - Unlocked
  • $5,500,000: Environmental Effects - Unlocked
  • $6,000,000: Base Customization - Unlocked

For every Compendium purchased at $9.99, $2.50 is put into the prize pool. You can earn points, level up, collect player cards, and more. In addition, you can purchase additional Compendium points and even treasures that contain random bonuses as well. It's almost like being there!

You can purchase additional points to further increase your Compendium level. 25% of point sales goes to the overall prize pool.

  • $2.49 USD – 500 points
  • $4.99 USD – 1100 points
  • $9.99 USD – 2400 points

Every 100 points will level up your Compendium. You’ll receive extra immortal treasures, obtain new custom in-game effects, get bonus Loading Screens and increase your Battle Point Booster percentage as you progress. Higher level owners receive custom visuals, which will include modified teleport effects, base healing effects, and even new appearances for Bottle, Blink Dagger, and Dagon. These level up Custom Effects last until July 28th. As an added bonus, upon reaching level 50, receive a special alternate version of the Mini-Pudge courier.

The International Courier

Once you reach Level 4, the International Courier will be yours--Kunkka's faithful Lieutenant Squawkins, a parrot unique in all the lands of DOTA. Continue to develop your Compendium and you’ll unlock alternate styles for Lieutenant Squawkins at Level 24 and Level 41. The alternate styles available at a later date.

SCORING SYSTEM

  • Pick Your Favorite Team - 25 points
  • Pick Your Favorite Player - 25 points
  • Qualifier Prediction - 50 points
  • Qualifier Prediction Accuracy - 100 points
  • Vote On The All-Stars Match - 50 points
  • Complete the 10 Hero Challenge - 300 points
  • Watch 10 Qualifier Matches - 100 points
  • Collect 5 Player Cards - 25 points
  • Collect a Team’s Player Cards - 100 points
  • Collect All Player Cards - 500 points
  • Offerings of the Aegis - 25-50 points per week
  • Play-In Series Predictions - 25 points
  • Play-In Series Accuracy - 25 points
  • Top Six Predictions - 25 points
  • Join DOTA Fantasy League Season One - 25 points
  • Participate In Fantasy League Draft - 25 points
  • Watch 10 games at The International - 200 points
  • Top Six Accuracy (Any Order) - 2000 points
  • Top Six Accuracy (Exact Order) - 10000 points

There's still time to join in on the momentous feat... it's the next best thing to being there.

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DOTA 2 World Championship Prize Pool is Currently at $4,713,225! https://www.gameskinny.com/80lur/dota-2-world-championship-prize-pool-is-currently-at-4713225 https://www.gameskinny.com/80lur/dota-2-world-championship-prize-pool-is-currently-at-4713225 Wed, 14 May 2014 09:12:41 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

For all you DOTA 2 fans out there, Valve's digital compendium for the World Championship has reached way over $4.5 million presently and is rising.

For every Compendium purchased at $9.99, $2.50 is put into the prize pool. You can earn points, level up, collect player cards, and more. In addition, you can purchase additional Compendium points and even treasures that contain random bonuses as well. It's almost like being there!

As the prize pool reaches each stretch goal, the rewards will be unlocked for each Compendium owner. Some stretch goals have extra bonuses depending on the Compendium Level. 

  • $1,600,000: Evolving Battle Point Booster - Unlocked
  • $2,000,000: Loading Screen Treasure - Unlocked
  • $2,200,000: Arcana Vote - Unlocked
  • $2,400,000: Special Edition HUD - Unlocked
  • $2,600,000: Solo Championship Vote - Unlocked
  • $2,900,000: New Game Mode - Unlocked
  • $3,200,000: Immortal Treasures - Unlocked
  • $3,500,000: Chat Emoticons - Unlocked
  • $4,000,000: Mini-Pudge Courier - Unlocked
  • $4,500,000: New Music - Unlocked
  • $5,000,000: New Matchmaking - Locked
  • $5,500,000: Environmental Effects - Locked
  • $6,000,000: Base Customization - Locked

NEW FOR 2014

New Scoring System

Every 100 points will level up your Compendium. You’ll receive extra immortal treasures, obtain new custom in-game effects, get bonus Loading Screens and increase your Battle Point Booster percentage as you progress. Higher level owners receive custom visuals, which will include modified teleport effects, base healing effects, and even new appearances for Bottle, Blink Dagger, and Dagon. These level up Custom Effects last until July 28th. As an added bonus, upon reaching level 50, receive a special alternate version of the Mini-Pudge courier when the stretch goal is reached. How cool is that?

The International Courier

Once you reach Level 4, the International Courier will be yours--Kunkka's faithful Lieutenant Squawkins, a parrot unique in all the lands of DOTA. Continue to develop your Compendium and you’ll unlock alternate styles for Lieutenant Squawkins at Level 24 and Level 41. The alternate styles available at a later date.

Evolving Battle Point Booster

You’ll see an increase to your battle pointer booster percentage as you level up. This item is unique in that it stacks with any other booster that you have active. The duration of the boost lasts from the time it’s activated until July 28th, with no limits on how many matches it can be used in or how high the boost can go. Pretty sweet huh?

Immortal Treasures

Once the Immortal Treasure stretch goal is reached, you’ll receive an extra Immortal Treasure every 10 levels. Each time you open a treasure, you will find a different item, with a chance to get an exceptionally rare item.

Compendium Objectives

This year’s Compendium has several new objectives you can work toward to earn points. Take the 10 Hero Challenge and try to win a game with each of ten randomly assigned heroes. Offer up your unwanted items for exchange with the Offering of the Aegis. Every week your offering will be collected and Compendium Points and items will be left in its place. Explore the new fantasy format. Each Compendium owner will be granted a ticket to compete in Dota Fantasy Season 1, starting on May 19th. With more details coming soon.

SCORING SYSTEM
  • Pick Your Favorite Team - 25 points
  • Pick Your Favorite Player - 25 points
  • Qualifier Prediction - 50 points
  • Qualifier Prediction Accuracy - 100 points
  • Vote On The All-Stars Match - 50 points
  • Complete the 10 Hero Challenge - 300 points
  • Watch 10 Qualifier Matches - 100 points
  • Collect 5 Player Cards - 25 points
  • Collect a Team’s Player Cards - 100 points
  • Collect All Player Cards - 500 points
  • Offerings of the Aegis - 25-50 points per week
  • Play-In Series Predictions - 25 points
  • Play-In Series Accuracy - 25 points
  • Top Six Predictions - 25 points
  • Join DOTA Fantasy League Season One - 25 points
  • Participate In Fantasy League Draft - 25 points
  • Watch 10 games at The International - 200 points
  • Top Six Accuracy (Any Order) - 2000 points
  • Top Six Accuracy (Exact Order) - 10000 points
You can purchase additional points to further increase your Compendium level. 25% of point sales goes to the overall prize pool.
  • $2.49 USD – 500 points
  • $4.99 USD – 1100 points
  • $9.99 USD – 2400 points
The International World Championship 2014 will be held at Seattle's Key Arena from July 18th - 21st. Last year's Champions, Alliance, along with runner-up, Na'Vi, will be there. Regional qualifiers for the remaining spots in the tournament are presently still up for grabs. As of late, they're finishing the American bracket this week, then Southeast Asia, China, and then in Europe.
 
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Absolute Legends CEO Accused of Keeping Prize Winnings from Teams https://www.gameskinny.com/3ju36/absolute-legends-ceo-accused-of-keeping-prize-winnings-from-teams https://www.gameskinny.com/3ju36/absolute-legends-ceo-accused-of-keeping-prize-winnings-from-teams Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:37:33 -0500 Wokendreamer

The world of eSports is growing rapidly, and so are its payouts.  The amount of money involved in some single League of Legends tournaments is more than most of the people working at them earn annually, so it only makes sense that players and teams, like Absolute Legends, are kept extremely interested in these money events.

Unfortunately, where there is money, there are people trying to take from those who earned it.

Absolute Legends took part in the November 2012 IEM Singapore tournament and did well, with one team winning $3,000 and another earning the second prize of $8,500.  One of the players from Absolute Legends, Daniel "Spellsy" Biery, has now complained that neither he nor any of the other players who were involved in the games in question have actually been paid.

The prize money from the tournament was supposedly sent directly from the ESL to the CEO of of Absolute Legends, Tim Buysse.  This information came from ESL itself in an email to Biery after his sponsor responded to his own inquiries on the matter by saying they had not received the money yet.  These email conversations took place approximately one year ago.

According to Biery, the players on the teams responsible for winning that money have waited all this time for their payout.  Biery has invested a considerable amount of time in documented email conversations with Buysse to try and resolve the situation, but after a year and the CEO's continued difficulty in cooperating, he decided to make the entire mess public to warn prospective new teams about predatory companies.

Ultimately this all might still be questionable.  I do not personally know the players or company, and it would not be the first case in history of a person fishing for sympathy with a false sob story.  One fact makes it hard to discount this Reddit tell-all, though.

This same story is being mirrored by players on every team Absolute Legends has.

The Singaporean team has previously posted on Reddit about not having received any money for travel expenses, something contractually and explicitly promised to them, and therefore entirely unable to attend major international tournaments.  There are even reports of Starcraft 2 players suffering the same issues with travel expenses and prize money.

As a side note, Buysse is better known in the gaming community by his former Starcraft 2 handle, Wetdream, and is notorious as a repeat-offending hacker in the game.

How the situation will be resolved is unknown.  The players involved have all moved on to other things, though some wasted a very great deal of time trying to remain loyal to Absolute Legends.  This is both low-brow gossip and cautionary tale to us all.  League of Legends is a game, and a glorious opportunity for those with the talent and drive.  We just need to remember not all of those people are driven to be fair, nice, or even legal in their dealings with others.

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