OpTic Scump Speaks Out on Shady CDL Contract and Fines
To many, Seth “Scump” Abner is one of the core faces of Call of Duty as well as the Call of Duty League. As a member of one of the most renowned CoD organizations, OpTic, as well as NRG’s Huntsmen he’s made a name for himself as a charming, beloved, and highly talented member of the Call of Duty community. Scump has now come forward to reveal that the CDL allegedly attempted to pressure him into signing a contract without legal representation which has led to a widespread outcry against the Call of Duty League.
The Nitty Gritty Details
After kicking into high gear in 2020, the Call of Duty League has arguably been Activision Blizzard’s most successful foray into the realm of franchised esports. With personalities that could measure up against the best of the best in the WWE, high-level play, and a storied history in esports, the Call of Duty League has maintained itself in spite of its decisions thanks to players like Scump. However, it appears that the league itself may have been built on rocky foundations.
According to Scump, the CDL offered him a contract while telling him that he wouldn’t be allowed to play alongside not allowing his lawyers to review the contract. The response from the esports and gaming community has been monumental with influencers and brands making statements in support of the courage Scump showed in bringing this CDL contract situation to light.
Fines, Pressure, and the Future of the CDL
Based on his statements, it appears that Scump wasn’t alone in being pressured to sign this contract. According to him, these contracts were a requirement to compete and therefore several other players must have been placed in a similar situation.
As many in the esports community have noted, the practice of forcing a signature without proper legal representation is unethical at best and could lead to trouble for the league.
This isn’t the only revelation from Scump, though, as immediately prior to discussing his CDL contract he dove into a rather odd limitation from the CDL. It appears that during a sponsored stream, Scump played Raid: Shadow Legends on his personal platform and was fined for doing so. This disclosure from Scump also generated substantial backlash towards the CDL as not only is Raid not a competitor to Call of Duty but the stream in question occurred during the off-season.
This alleged behavior from the Call of Duty League is unacceptable and should not be tolerated by the community nor the industry. We truly hope that similar practices are not repeated.