Former Wings Gaming players embroiled in controversy – Deutsche Welle

On the August 13, 2016, Wings Gaming entered the Grand Finals of “The International 2016” (TI6), the biggest Dota 2 event to date. Having come out of nowhere, they made an incredible splash at the tournament, cutting through the upper bracket and ultimately winning the entire event. The more than $9 million (eight million euros) that they won was the biggest prize pool in eSports history, and it made all of the team’s five players into instant millionaires.

Where are they now?

After their TI6 win, things got quiet around the team. Their performance dropped off, and they won no more significant tournaments. In April, Wings Gaming were meant to appear again on the big stage at the Kiev Major, a huge tournament with top international teams in attendance. However, suddenly the tournament page displayed a different name for the team, “Team Random.” In an unofficial post, a media officer from the club explained that the players had chosen to leave Wings Gaming.

A few days later, the players reached out to elaborate on their decision to leave and create their own team. In personal statements, which were issued on weibo.com and translated into English by Jack “KBBQ” Chen, the five pro-gamers then uncovered a months-long history of not getting paid on time. Wings had allegedly not paid the players for their services for two consecutive months. Under Chinese labor laws, this was grounds to dissolve their contracts and so they left with immediate effect.

“Although we’re switching organizations, the five of us are still together, and this won’t change,” Chu “shadow” Zeyu said in his statement.

The International 2016 awarded more than $20 million in prize money

Situation is getting out of hand

Less than a month had passed before “GosuGamers” broke the story that the Association for Chinese Esports (ACE) had imposed lifetime bans on the five players. ACE is the governing body

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