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Attorney drags Toronto Esports owner for not paying Overwatch players

Published: 29/Mar/2019 22:54 Updated: 29/Mar/2019 23:47

by Bill Cooney


The saga of the Toronto Esports club in Overwatch doesn’t seem to be going away as a lawyer representing some of the team’s former player’s called out the organization’s owner on Twitter for allegedly not paying them.

To make a long story short, after being told by Blizzard in November of 2018 that the team would have to rebrand to continue competing in Contenders because of the new Toronto Overwatch franchise; instead, Toronto Esports chose to stop playing Overwatch all together.

The owner of Toronto Esports, Ryan Pallet even went back and forth with other esports industry figures for a few days over the move, which provided plenty of drama to the Overwatch community.

Another rough day on Twitter for Toronto Esports

After their highly publicized exit from the game, Toronto Esports dropped their Overwatch players and have allegedly failed to pay some of them the money they were owed.

On March 29, attorney Ryan Morrison of Morrison Rothman LLP, who is representing several former Toronto Esports Overwatch players against the organization, slammed Pallet on Twitter for failing to pay his players.

“Just had an owner who refuses to pay his former players call me a leech and say that “there is no need for you in a civilized society,” Morrison wrote. “Yes, you are correct. Thanks for keeping me in business, evil owner :)”

Morrison then went on to call out Pallet by name and confirm he was talking about him and the Toronto Esports situation.

“Guys please stop asking who this is,” Morrison said in a follow-up tweet. “It would be unprofessional to let everyone know it’s Ryan “Ramsey” Pallet from Toronto Esports.”

What happens next with Toronto Esports?

Just how much money the former players are owed is unknown, but it seems with lawyers getting involved the matter is definitely headed to some kind of resolution.

Since leaving Contenders behind Toronto Esports don’t appear to have competed in any kind of esport, based on their Twitter.

Pallet has yet to comment on any of this at the time of writing, and the Toronto Esports Twitter hasn’t gotten involved either.

Contract disputes have been common in esports lately and how the latest chapter in the Toronto Esports story plays out will certainly be interesting to watch.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.