Denial Esports allegedly chargeback payments to former players, owner responds [UPDATED] - Dexerto
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Denial Esports allegedly chargeback payments to former players, owner responds [UPDATED]

Published: 28/May/2019 15:18 Updated: 29/May/2019 8:26

by Calum Patterson


Update, 12:20 PM EST, May 28:

Denial co-owner Zach Smith claims that these payments were flagged as ‘suspicious activities’ by his credit card company, causing the transactions to be disputed.

Smith sent Dexerto a screenshot appearing to show that money  is already being repaid to all affected players, including the Gears of War team.

“This affected multiple people,” Smith explained. My [credit card] company flagged a few suspicious activities. They were already notified and are fixing the problem. This affected GoW as well and was fixed yesterday.”

The transactions in the screenshot were sent on May 27 and, according to Smith, cover the amount which was disputed from the previous payments. Further confirmation about the repayment from some of the affected players was also received. 

Names of payees blanked out at Smith’s request.

Original article below…

A former Call of Duty player for Denial Esports, Jason ‘Prophet’ Nicoletti, has publicly shared a PayPal dispute appearing to show the organization attempting to charge back a goodwill payment they made to him in February 2019.

Denial Esports, under previous ownership and management, fell foul of failing to pay players, and eventually disbanded, only to return under new management in early 2019.

As a show of goodwill, the organization reached out to former players affected by the issues of previous ownership, and, as shown by Prophet’s February 12 post, sent monies to these players.


Zach Smith, who recently stepped down from the day-to-day running of the Denial organization, was responsible for sending these payments, thanked personally by Prophet.

However, on May 28, 2019, Prophet replied to his original post, showing evidence that Smith had disputed the payment, stating that ‘the purchase was not authorized.’

Gears of War players FraNChiS and Icy have also alluded to payments being charged back from a “previous org”.

Both players now play for Team Reciprocity, and the team’s community manager has confirmed that Denial is the “previous org” in question.

Denial are currently facing allegations of failing to pay their previous all-French Call of Duty roster, as well as not yet paying for the CWL spot acquired from Overtime eSports.

Zach Smith is also the CEO of esports betting site MoneyMatches.

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot, represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 21:25

by Albert Petrosyan


Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.


  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.