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Former Denial CoD pro accuses org of lying and not paying salaries [UPDATED]

Published: 13/May/2019 22:05 Updated: 13/May/2019 23:36

by Albert Petrosyan

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A professional Call of Duty player who formerly represented Denial Esports has accused the organization of failing to pay players the salaries they were due. 

On May 13, French player Nathan ‘Natshay’ Dupuis posted a long message on Twitter leveling some serious accusations against Denial and their CEO Zachary Smith.

In the post, Natshay claimed that, despite all of the players having signed contracts, the org continued to stall and delay their salary payments until they were eventually released from the team. 

According to the accusations, Zachary Smith failed to maintain a proper line of communication with the players, and that they continued to compete at the CWL Pro League and CWL Fort Worth, despite not having received any of they money they were due.

In addition, Natshay alleged that Denial did not tell them about the impending roster changes until last minute, when Rated, Joee, Bance, Alexx, and Brack were brought on as part of a total roster overhaul. 

Natshay (middle right) competed for Denial Esports at CWL Fort Worth and in the first half of the Pro League before getting released along with most of the players.

Natshay revealed that, around the time when they were being dropped, they were contacted by a lawyer and told that their contracts were structured in a way where the players were not actually owed any money.

“The lawyer said that, on our contract, there was no salary, so we deserved $0,” he wrote. “We signed a paper that is the law, which says we have $5,000 salary per month and this paper was seen by MLG and signed by Denial. But according to them, this paper has no value.”

As far as Denial’s involvement in the Pro League goes, Natshay went on to claim that the org did not pay Overtime eSport for their spot in the league, unlike how FaZe Clan and Elevate purchased the spots of Red Reserve and Excelerate Gaming respectively.

CWLNatshay was part of the Overtime Esports roster that qualified for the Pro League, although he alleges that Denial did not pay the org for that spot.

Natshay and co, of course, were part of the Overtime roster that originally qualified for the Pro League, but the roster was subsequently purchased by Denial prior to the start of the league.

His full post regarding the situation is available both as it was originally written in French, as well the translated version in English


UPDATE – May 13

Shortly after Natshay first published his post, CEO Zachary Smith posted a tweet calling the allegations “false,” and saying that he will speak with his team internally about the matter.


Denial in hot water again

If Natshay’s accusations turn out to be true, it would not be the first time that Denial would be mired in controversy involving money owed to players.

In fact, that was one of the biggest reasons that the org went through a major down period, as unpaid salaries and fees, consistent stonewalling by upper-management, and legal action caused them to slide off the radar. 

When Denial made their comeback, former CEO Robby Rignalda publicly apologized for his “mismanagement” that led to the org’s initial downfall, and claimed that the new CEO Smith had “righted his wrongs” and “was turning the Denial brand in what it once was.” 

More salary controversy in CWL Pro League

Natshay’s accusations resurface the salary controversy that has struck the CWL Pro League already several times this season.

Prior to them selling their spot to Elevate, Excelerate Gaming were accused of blackmailing players and refusing to pay salary. Similarly, Midnight Esports, who are still in the league, had allegedly forced their players to sign contracts they did not agree with.

With all that considered, it will be worth keeping an eye on the Denial situation to see what kind of conclusion it comes to. As always, we will update this article with any new information as it becomes available.

Last updated: May 13 – 4:00 PM EST

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton

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The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.