A number of Dota 2 teams that took part in November’s Northern Arena BEAT Invitational have reported not seeing any of the prize money from the tournament. Tournament organisers and production staff had reported that they too haven’t been paid yet.
According to theScore Esports, eSports teams including Complexity Gaming, Alliance, and Team NP hadn’t received their prize money. In total $26,000 of the $100,000 hasn’t been paid yet.
Northern Arena and BEAT Invitational are two separate groups with the latter being hosted by BEAT Gaming Corp, a Canadian eSports organisation. That group has had to front the money for staff wages for the tournament and haven’t been reimbursed by Northern Arena as it should have been.
A representative for BEAT Gaming is quoted as telling theScore Esports
BEAT Gaming has paid staff wages and various expenses out of pocket for admins. This being said, the responsibility for payment of expenses related to the event, including payment of prize pools and the expenses of the teams in attendance, lies with Northern Arena.
Anyone who was brought under the BEAT Banner was paid wages by us out of pocket. This included stats, admins for the event and our translator. Northern Arena is responsible for reimbursing us for those wages.
Northern Arena CEO Carl-Edwin Michel claims that what BEAT is saying isn’t true and that they are currently in a dispute over breach of contract.
He went on to say
We have already paid most of the teams. We are in touch with the remaining ones and made payment arrangement with them. One thing for sure is that we are committed to pay all the remaining teams and move on to our next events. We want to make good on our word and deliver even greater events this year.
Andrew “Zyori” Campbell, managing director of Dota 2 production studio Moonduck.TV has also said they haven’t been paid by Northern Arena and are planning on sending a legal notice to the organisation to get paid. Moonduck provided important aspects of the event like in-game camera operations and commentators.
Prize money for the Counter-Strike teams was eventually paid in full but only after repeat inquiries to the Northern arena.