Ko Hyun, The Korean StarCraft 2 star, received his last pay check three months ago. Most of his business was done with his Canadian boss online, but the boss has stopped paying for Hyun’s work. Communicating on Skype turned out not so good for this young eSports star.
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The Quantic Gaming eSports team CEO, Simon Boudreault, has gone missing since December 17 leaving his company in chaos. Hyun is trying to find his missing CEO to receive his rightfully earned money. About $23,000 in salary and prize money is owed to Hyun. Suing Boudreault is not possible while the guy cannot be found and the star will take him to court once his CEO’s location has been revealed.
Hyun is not the only one who wanted to find the Boudreault. Quantic staff haven’t heard a word for him in weeks, and Quantic’s media division boss says their CEO owes him hundreds of dollars. Like not getting paid wasn't enough, but Nilsson also received hate emails from fans who assumed that he also held responsibility for the money the company owed to Hyun.
More and more Quantic staffers are claiming to be owed money by their CEO. It all sums up to around $40,000 which Boudreault allegedly owes to his team which has been struggling for a while now. Simon also worked to create new revenue streams for Quantic, before he disappeared. This is not the first time the guy vanished, but this time his team isn't expecting him back.
Hyun is not working with a solicitor just yet, and is currently trying to raise funds from the StarCraft community in an attempt to recoup lot pay. Although fans are eager to help, they also think that part of the money should go to a legal fund. Just to be sure that Hyun will go after Boudreault and take him to the court.
eSports players have been taken advantage of by their team owners for too long. Most professional gamers don’t receive pay checks, unbelievable but that is the reality in a gaming world. Groups such as the Cyber Solutions Agency and the eSports Management Agency are trying to change the pro gamers’ scene. It is not much, but it is a start and eventually gamers will be recognized as pro athletes around the world.
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