VPEsports has learned that several European LCS teams are making a formal complaint to Riot Games about the behavior of G2 Esports about incorrect approaches to its players. The complaint contains examples dating back to 2016 in what a source familiar with the situation describes as "systematic and repeated poaching."
Central to each of the complainants is the player Luka Perkz Perković who recently made headlines as he attempts to change position to remain part of the G2 Esport's router. The complaint alleges that Perković is the vehicle through which G2 Esport's contacts. A source that has gathered evidence of the complaint, told us that he [Perkz] controls the router. He chooses who he wants to play with and then is told by the organization to go out and get the players. The G2 management then terminates the agreements. "Perković is said to have made these approaches through a combination of Skype, Facebook, Discord and Riot's client.
This complaint reproduces the allegations in a report by Josh Raven in November 201
Although G2 Esports refused to engage in such activity through the Skype group, two of the complainants confirmed their commitment.
Another attempt on motion that will be under surveillance was the approach to H2K Gaming player Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu. Around November 2016, Perković wanted the player to join G2 Esports. The movement was discussed personally during the World Cup in 2016 by a swimming pool scary, and then several conversations were conducted online. VPEsports were able to see Skype conversations that not only confirmed that these approaches took place but also that the Perkovic and G2 management made efforts to cover their tracks in order not to receive a penalty from Riot.
The complaint also contains allegations that Kim "Wadid" Bae-in and Petter "Hjarnan" Freyschuss were also mistakenly contacted directly through Perković about three weeks before they were in a free agency and qualified to have such conversations. The first approach was made via Facebook and then moved to Teamspeak to avoid any incriminating paper paths.
Another name mentioned in the complaint is that of Elijah's "Upset" Lipp. Although he has never made G2 Esports in the LCS, and just named as a replacement, a source has suggested that there were concerns about how he approached the event.
It is the understanding of VPEsports that in addition to hard evidence for example the chat logs that were shown to us that more of the players involved will give statements to Riot Games explaining how their transfers came.
If Riot Games had hoped to keep the complaint under cover, it appears that it is now very much in the public domain. Fnatic Founder Sam Mathews tweeted on November 23, "One of the perkzene in my job I'm not poke." This may be in connection with the transfer of fnatic player Rasmus "Caps" Winther, announced on November 25th. The sources we spoke to did not matter about this transfer as part of the complaint. To see friction between fnatic and G2, Esport's surprise is that in August 2016 it was revealed that G2 Esport's co-owner Jens Hilgers had borrowed fnts parent company money, whose terms would have been a stake in the organization if they were to default on the loan. This revelation forced Riot Games to issue warnings to Hilgers and fnatic.
"I do not know if all guilt will go on him [Perkz]" Another source familiar with the complaint told us "but it would not be fair if it did. I know when he reaches out to players Carlos [G2 Esports founder and owner Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguz] are coming to the conversation to complete the offerings. This is G2 Esports who thinks they can get away with something because they have got away with it for so long. The other teams have had enough. "
Should these statements all being supported in the Riot eyes, it is not clear which action, if anyone wants to take them. G2 Esports represents a large part of the European League of Legends fan base and it is not surprising that it has been reported by Jacob Wolf of ESPN that they are one of the selected teams for European franchises. However, this complaint also contains several other teams that are similarly reported to be chosen.
Punishment for poaching has always been very lenient, with a modest fine as the most likely outcome. remains $ 10,000 distributed between CLG to encourage William "Scarra" Li to join as coach and not join Team Dignitas and Team Dragon Knights for their approach to Lee "Fury" Jin-yong while the player was contracted on the Samsung Galaxy . In the latter case, TDK player Noh "Ninja" operated Geon-woo as a channel and was suspended for two months.
When G2 commented, he told VPEsports, "No, Perkz has never contacted players under contract with other teams on behalf of G2."