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H1Z1’s Jace Hall responds to allegations of spending millions on parties and manipulating viewing figures

Published: 21/Nov/2018 17:59 Updated: 23/Nov/2018 3:54

by Calum Patterson

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Jace Hall has responded to claims published by VP Esports that the now defunct H1Z1 Pro League spent millions on parties and celebrity appearances, as well as manipulating viewing statistics to show investors.

VPESports concluded a five-month investigation on November 20, which accused league organizers of “lavish spending”, showing manipulated viewing figures to investors involved in Caesar’s Entertainment, where the first and only split was played.

The investigation places Jace Hall “at the center of it all”, and makes a specific focus on his character and performance as Chairman of the league, citing former employees as calling him “super abusive” and that “he just wants to play video games and have others run his business.”

On November 21, Jace Hall broadcasted a live stream on Periscope which lasted over three hours, where he meticulously goes through the article and gives his side of the story.

Firstly, he highlights the figure of ‘$27 million’ associated with the Pro League as “patently false”, and saying that the five month investigation “might have benefitted from being a little bit longer.”

In regards to the accusation of viewership manipulation, Hall states “I can assure you there has been no conscious manipulation of viewer statistics, at all. There’s no manipulation. […] All of the numbers that related to what we were doing, were the numbers that we got, from the companies we paid, to do all the analytics.”

H1Z1 Pro League has shut down before its second split.

Hall then moved on to address the ‘Lavish Spending’ section, which stated “over $2.5 million dollars in expenses and appearance fees bringing in Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar, Timothy “TimTheTatMan” Betar, Stephanie “FemSteph” Driscoll, and actor Michelle Rodriguez.”

Hall does not explicitly deny these claims, rather says that there was a “marketing budget”, separate to budgets for teams and other costs. “I don’t know the specifics of what a social media influencer got paid, I don’t know that. I do know that all of that fell under the marketing expense of promoting the league.”

He argues against the use of the word “extravagant” to describe the spending, dismissing the claim as the monies were part of the marketing budget, which did not overlap with other areas of spending, comparing it to the launch of a video game and related marketing costs.

The investigation also claims that the Pro League’s failure to pay organizations promised money has left some players and support staff unpaid and even homeless. 

Hall states that the league is still within its contractual timeframe to pay these organizations by the end of the year, and so any non-payment to players is directly the responsibility of organizations.

“If we paid the stipend tomorrow, [organizations] got everything in the contract that they were promised.”

Perhaps most bizarre, was Hall’s response to accusations of being “super abusive” to former employees, which he speculated may have been because he beat them in video games.

“I know exactly what this is. I whipped so many people’s asses at video games […] and I’ll just beat them so bad, and that can feel abusive. 100%. Like Street Fighter, I’ll perfect you, I’ve perfected people multiple times and I would say that that could be construed as super abusive.”

He also confirms that the league paid for audience members to enter the arena from the nearby Ceasar’s employment center, saying “I don’t think there is anything in this statement that is false”, explaining that foot traffic in the area for esports spectators was very low, and they wanted to fill the stadium seating.

You can watch Jace Hall’s full response live stream below.

Entertainment

Streamer embarrasses H1Z1 hacker with fake ‘interview’

Published: 18/Jan/2020 11:25

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch streamer Flamehopper turned the tables on a hacker in H1Z1 by proposing an interview that immediately became a way to trap them. 

Before PUBG blew up on Twitch, Fortnite took over the world, and Apex Legends made its mark, H1Z1 was the original battle royale game that streamers flocked to. 

Daybreak’s title was never as polished as its rivals but it set the tone for what was going to follow – kicking off the battle royale revolution. Since then, it has been left behind – despite plenty of updates – but some streamers are still playing. With a smaller player base, hackers and cheats can have more of a free reign as they want their moment in the spotlight.

An image of H1Z1's Outland map with fighting characters

That’s exactly what Flamehopper did during his January 17 stream. As the streamer played H1Z1, he ran into a hacker who had been making a police car fly across the sky when he managed to bring them down to the ground for an ‘interview.’

The hacker asked that he not be killed, to which the streamer obliged – at least for a minute. “I have a question for you, come here. On a scale of one to five, where five is the greatest… hold on, you’re bouncing all over, we’ve got to get the interview cam set,” said Flamehopper, as he got the hacker to stand still.

Of course, it was all a rouse. As soon as the cheater stopped avoiding his clutches, the streamer gunned him down with a quick burst of fire to the head. “I hope you find happiness bro,” he added before driving away. “I hope you find happiness.”

After the deed had been done, the streamer took a moment to celebrate the fact that he had a ‘clean lobby’ now that the hackers were out of the way. 

However, if he does run into anymore in the future, Flamehopper will have to hope that the hackers want their moment in the spotlight if he plans to run the same bamboozle attempt again.