VP of Infinite Esports Suggests OpTic Gaming Could Use Its Current Players for Fortnite Esports - "We have at least 20 superstars that would all CRUSH the game." - Dexerto
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VP of Infinite Esports Suggests OpTic Gaming Could Use Its Current Players for Fortnite Esports – “We have at least 20 superstars that would all CRUSH the game.”

Published: 22/May/2018 18:56 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:57

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Fortnite community was thrown into a frenzy when developer Epic Games announced that it will pledge a whopping $100 million towards funding the prize pools of Fortnite events during the 2018-2019 competitive season.

With major esports organizations such as FaZe Clan and Team SoloMid already having professional Fortnite teams, there have been questions as to if and when esports giants OpTic Gaming would join the Fortnite esports scene.

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Jacob Toft-Anderson, Vice President of esports at Infinite Esports & Entertainment, a partner company of OpTic, has addressed these questions on social media.

On May 22nd, he posted a series of tweets in which he acknowledges the potential of Fortnite esports but urges patience from the Green Wall fans.

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Judging by Toft-Anderson’s tweets, it appears that OpTic plan to play their involvement by ear until a more concrete and finalized esports scene is established.

It also appears that the organization is even prepared to deploy some of its current players of other esports to also participate in competitive Fortnite until a dedicated team is assembled.

This could mean that some of the members of OpTic’s teams in Call of Duty, Overwatch, CS:GO, and even fellow BR game PUBG, could potentially become professionals in Fortnite as well.

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This could even be a hint that former CoD player Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, who is currently not competing for the rest of the CWL season, could soon be taking a new direction in his esports career.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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