Team Impact has been humiliated and since lost sponsorship from Epsilon due to a result of certain actions at the UMG AtLANta tournament last week.
The team splashed their earnings at other competitors, with comments such as, “I wipe my *** with your salary” and towards the audience, “look at my bank account.” According to eSports Earnings Impact’s Adam “Killa” sloss reached $141,625 from his gaming career.
Epsilon eSports denounced Team Impact, saying that enough was enough, with Epsilon’s Samy Mazouzi stating: “Upon the recruitment of Impact, we were conscious of the issues of their public image, and tried to set a base of acceptable behavior. The public’s response was justifiably negative towards the overall behaviour of the squad. It is thus with regret that today we must release the American Call of Duty line-up due to a lack of professional discipline during the Black Ops 2 tournament at UMG AtLANta 2013.”
For many, competitive gamers invested in eSports have a responsibility to lead the way in moral and acceptable behaviour as they are viewed as celebrities in the gaming world.
Marcus Carter of Team Impact has responded since the event, “The way I acted this past weekend was not professional and I do not condone this type of behaviour. At the end of the day we all love Call of Duty and we want it to grow…again I apologise and I will make it up to you guys soon!”
Do you think that the loss of sponsorship from Epsilon was deserved? Or was this the media and audience overeating to a heat of the moment event in the world of MLG?
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