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ACHES Offers to Help Buy Amateur Players out of Contracts

Published: 30/Aug/2018 17:11 Updated: 30/Aug/2018 17:53

by Calum Patterson

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Evil Geniuses captain Patrick “ACHES” Price has made a peculiar offer to amateur esports players who are stuck in contracts, pledging to invest in them for the long run.

ACHES, now a two time Call of Duty World Champion thanks to his win in August with Evil Geniuses, is offering to buy players out of their contracts, provided he is reimbursed three years down the line – with interest added of course.

It is unclear if he is referring specifically to players in Call of Duty, or in any esport title. The Fortnite scene particularly is enjoying a boom in young talent, some of which is being snapped up by organizations locking them into contracts.

A young Fortnite team recently accused their organization of failing to pay the agreed salary, but also not allowing them to leave by enforcing the rules stipulated in the contract.

In Call of Duty, similar issues have cropped up over the years, with players signing contracts which are perhaps ill-advised. In fact, it has occurred in one way or another in almost every major esport.

ACHES seems to be serious about his offer, stating he will cover the contract buyout and allow the player to play for whatever team offers them a spot.

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As for the interest he mentions, which would accrue over the three year period, he says the exact percentage would depend on the amount of the buyout.

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It would be an investment for both ACHES and the player themselves, who would essentially be investing in their own future.

Occasionally however, and depending on specific contracts, teams are not obliged to accept buyout propositions, even if the full amount is formally offered.

This was reportedly the case with CS:GO players s1mple and flamie, whom SK Gaming apparently attempted to buyout, but Natus Vincere refused their offer.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.