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Denial Owner steps down amid accusations of not paying players

Published: 15/May/2019 20:25 Updated: 15/May/2019 21:05

by Alan Bernal


CWL spot from Overtime eSports, had been mounting against the organization.

Smith had joined forces with other prominent figures in esports to rebuild the Denial organization in mid-December 2018 after previous management infamously tarnished the Wolfpack brand for numerous controversies related to unpaid salaries.

Since taking over, Smith himself has been at the center of criticism, ranging from interactions with the public and firing a graphic designer over innocuous comments, to accusations of players going unpaid for long periods of time.

Skillshot MediaThe Denial co-owner was a very outspoken and active executive while handling the daily operations of the team, but is now stepping down from his role.

Smith steps down from Denial

The executive released a statement saying the organization had “been running too fast for [their] own good,” and that Strategic Advisor Jerry Nguyen will now be promoted to Chief Strategy Officer to handle the day-to-day operations.

The news of Smith stepping down from his position at Denial come as French esports organization Overtime eSports and former player Nathan ‘Natshay’ Dupuis alleged that they have gone without payment from previous business deals.

Overtime released a statement on May 15 claiming they had yet to be paid for the CWL Pro League spot they dealt to Denial Esports on January 28.

Patrick S TwitterThe two executives were hyped for the new era of Denial Esports, but have run into vaguely similar affairs from years past.

Controversy riddled Denial’s Call of Duty squad

Even though a team under the Denial banner have played almost a dozen games in the Call of Duty league, Overtime say they “are still waiting for a sum of several tens of thousands of euros for the sale of the CWL Pro League spot.”

The claims come as a follow up to the May 13 accusations by Natshay in which the former Overtime and Denial member said the North American organization had not paid out player salaries with figures reaching up to $15,000.

In the same statement Smith said the debacle with Natshay stemmed from United States law preventing the organization from legally paying the player “due to existing immigration laws regarding work authorization and visas.”

MLGDenial’s previously all-French roster qualified for the league under Overtime eSports.

Since then Denial has set up a form to appropriately pay the “alleged owed salaries of the player.”

Denial Esports will now look to rectify past transgressions with current CEO Patrick ‘BlackBeardAP’ E. Smith Sr. and CSO Nguyen at the helm.

Smith’s statement did not mention the alleged failed payment to Overtime eSports.

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New Warzone update removes helicopters & adds Juggourdnaut Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 19:56

by Tanner Pierce


Infinity Ward has pushed out a new playlist update for both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone and while it adds some modes to the game like Juggourdnaut Royale, it also removes helicopters from the night-version of its battle royale.

New playlist updates for Modern Warfare and Warzone, generally speaking, only change out the gamemodes in the game, but today’s is a bit special. According to some notes released by Infinity Ward, the new hotfix removes two major aspects of the title.

The first is the removal of helicopters from the night version of Verdansk, which is pretty major to say the least. Currently, it’s unclear exactly why Infinity Ward made this change, as they didn’t specify in their tweet. It could be due to a bug, low visibility, or something else entirely.

Pumpkin heads have also been removed from Modern Warfare and Warzone.

In addition, the developer also removed the pumpkin heads due to a bug occurring, although exactly what that bug is was also not made clear. It’s also undetermined if this removal also affects the pumpkin heads on the juggernaut suit, which automatically has the head attached when you put it on.

Beyond these removals however, the update also adds a new mode, Juggourdnaut Royale. Despite the name being a bit different, this is the exact same mode as Juggernaut Royale, which was added to the game during Season 4. Players have to fight over juggernaut suits located around the map in order to survive.

On top of that, Infinity Ward also added BR Solo Survivor and Plunder: Candy Collector to the rotation, both of which appear to be renamed versions of the standard modes.

It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes the developers to re-add the helicopter and pumpkin heads to the game. While the former has obviously been in the game from the start, the latter is a nice seasonal treat that will only be around for a couple more weeks.