The retiring of CS:GO caster Vince Hill has caused other members of the community to come out and share their similar problems.
One of the issues Vince listed for retiring was the shady nature of some tournament organizers, who would take months to make promised payments.
Scott Smith, an influential figure in esports, backed up what Vince was saying about late payments.
Smith is an expert on the subject, having been around the esports industry since its start. He is also the leader of the movement to get a professional CS:GO players union.
Sorry to see @OnFireVince step away from event casting, but when the leaders of the industry take months to pay + those doing the hiring use their powers to seek retribution for perceived transgressions, it certainly demotivates one to work for any of them.
— Scott Smith (@SirScoots) September 7, 2018
Vince also mentioned the ‘politics’ of being a CS:GO caster, which is referenced by Smith in the second half of his tweet.
Janko Paunovic left the casting industry to focus on coaching and agreed with Vince and Smith on the payment problem.
He later clarified that the more established tournaments and events are fine, implying the smaller events are the ones who have issues with paying.
Shoutout to ELEAGUE, DreamHack and PGL, I've never had issues with late payment from these guys when it come to big TO's.
— Janko Paunovic (@YNk) September 7, 2018
Unlike the others who were hesitant to name the tournaments, Richard Lewis directly called out ESL.
Vince Hill announced his retirement shortly after landing one of the biggest events of his career. Having grinded his way up from smaller events, he would have consistently dealt with the organizers that Paunovic was referring to.
Oh and let's not tip toe around it. ESL have been one of the worst offenders for delayed payments the past year or so. Always excuses and bullshit fed to talent, safe in the knowledge everyone is too scared to call them out in case they get blackballed from their events.
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) September 7, 2018