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Besiktas Esports attempting to buy players’ silence regarding nonpayment issues, claims former player

Published: 28/Aug/2019 19:03 Updated: 30/Aug/2019 0:27

by Scott Robertson

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In a followup to a post from last week, a former Beşiktaş Esports League of Legends player shared screenshots of alleged conversations with BJK management, revealing alleged threats, lying, and attempts to pay for silence.

Last week we reported on allegations that Beşiktaş had not been properly playing its players across multiple esports rosters, per former women’s LoL player Natalie ‘Stratospanda” Kristiansen.

Stratospanda alleged that players experienced multiple delays on payments and that many players still have not been paid.  BJK also allegedly threatened to withhold payment in exchange for public silence, allegedly going so far as shutting down the players’ Discord when they started to ask each other if they had been paid.

In an August 28th follow up post, Stratospanda provided another update containing further allegations of players not being paid by BJK. 

In the post, Stratospands shares alleged screenshots of conversations with members of BJK management, she is told that interviews and lawsuits “won’t get you anywhere,” and that they “won’t get the money.”

The screenshots state that BJK found an investor and could make payments in a few days, but Stratospanda said that she’s had no response in five days, and that she’d been hearing that since March.

Twitter: @Stratospanda

In another set of screenshots, showing an alleged group chat with members of BJK management, it shows the group implying that she wouldn’t receive the €3k owed because she “damaged the company.” 

She then showed a screenshot of the group offering the €3k (that she claims is already owed to her from her contract) if she signs an NDA and takes down the post.

Twitter: @Stratospanda

Stratospanda also alleges that BJK received over $800K in investments, and yet still lost money and were unable to pay their players.

Salih “Auspex” Kızıldağ, a former player for the BJK mens LoL team, replied to the Stratospanda post with critical words about the organization.

Other players responded as well. Fortnite player rottha claimed that the Fortnite team is still waiting to be paid as well. Former Rocket League coach Ignacio Mendoza alleges that that squad is still owed €2k.

We will provide more updates on the Beşiktaş situation as it unfolds.

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Epic Games sues Apple & Google in UK over Fortnite removals

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:28

by Theo Salaun

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Following litigation over Fortnite’s app store removals by Apple and Google in the United States of America, Epic Games have officially mounted lawsuits against both tech companies in the United Kingdom, as well.

In August 2020, Epic Games added their own payment process to Fortnite’s mobile offerings so that Apple and Google’s cellphone and tablet users could purchase in-game items at a discounted price. This discount was specifically enabled by the new process, which bypassed each company’s transaction fees. 

Unsurprisingly, as the payment method was in direct violation of both the App Store and Play Store’s Terms of Services, each company subsequently removed Fornite from their offerings. And, expecting this, Epic Games responded by launching lawsuits against the companies in the U.S. and Australia. 

Now, the makers behind the world’s most popular third-person battle royale have tripled down and mounted legal action against both tech giants in the U.K. Citing violations of competition laws, Epic Games’ legal case in the U.K. is very similar to the ones already made in other countries. And, immediately contested, Apple and Google’s responses have proved similar, as well.

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Fortnite’s Crew subscription service means even more payments for Epic Games.

As discussed by BBC News, Epic have officially submitted documents to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK. The allegations suggest a monopolistic abuse of power by each company that centers around competitive restrictions to app store and payment processing options, as well as unfair payment fees.

Typically, those fees come at about 30 percent of all purchases, although exact figures differ depending on company and app. Fortnite is obviously one of the biggest games in the entire world, so almost one-third of their sales on mobile means hefty earnings.

But, like their other lawsuits, Epic allege that this is about more than their own profits. The company demands that Apple and Google begin allowing software developers to institute their own payment-processing systems and options to be downloaded outside of the App and Play stores.

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Fortnite has always delighted its fanbase with purchasable cosmetics.

So far, Apple and Google have both replied similarly in the U.K. situation, claiming that they are open to reintroducing Fortnite to their mobile stores but that they deny any violation of competitiveness.

Dexerto will continue to monitor the legal cases in each country, providing updates whenever these prolonged legal disputes begin reaching their conclusions.