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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

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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.

https://twitter.com/TOesports/status/1062206474624159745

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.”

https://twitter.com/Morrison/status/1111649277523025920

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.

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.