Pittsburgh Embers’ Players Held From Leaving Org
It looks like Fibeon Esports is back and once again causing trouble for their players.
Instead of Rocket League, however, it’s Rainbow Six Siege that they’re causing a ruckus in, this time refusing to let their players leave the organization.
The controversy began recently after the team, owned by Ryan Labriola, entered the R6 scene back in late May after signing the squad formerly known as Proximity.
According to famed Siege caster Interro, the players faced problems with the organization and began looking for another org to represent after just three months, leading to a post from the Pittsburgh Embers stating,
“Although it is our hope that the players can continue their success in R6, we have placed the players on notice that we are not releasing their existing agreements. Our agreements are legally binding, and we will pursue all action to ensure that they are enforced. We appreciate all the support that has been provided to us by the R6 community in recent months and we are saddened that our fans will no longer have a team to support in the upcoming Challenger League. We owe it to you to hold the players accountable for their actions and we will continue to update you should we deem it necessary and appropriate.”
The org was quick to pin the blame on the players. The team “attempted to work with the players in good faith to make amendments to [contracts] to benefit players.” They further claimed the players had ignored proposed changes and broke the contract by going to look for another team.
While the move is technically alright from a legal perspective, the community was quick to attack the org, accusing it of using the contract to hold the players’ hostage.
Their case wasn’t helped further by the recent departure of their graphic designer Candor. On Twittlonger, he accused the Pittsburgh Embers of failing to pay him on time and forcing him to fill out a W9-form for $30-$45 worth of work, which they could’ve just paid him through Paypal.
For his part, Interro has warned players and fans to be cautious of the org, a wise sentiment given their sketchy past.
Failings in Rocket League and H1Z1
This isn’t the team’s first trouble running an esports team. Two of their previous rosters, one for Rocket League and one for H1Z1, had significant problems dealing with the org, including late or non-existent payments for both squads.
The H1Z1 team, in particular, was threatened with legal repercussions after taking to social media to express their frustration with the org’s failure to pay them.
The Rocket League team faced similar issues and was even lied to and had payment withheld after going through the proper channels with the org to be bought out by Evil Geniuses.
In that case, Labriola, under his username Apples, wanted twice the asking price Evil Geniuses was willing to pay for the team. He then accused the players of “betraying” the org, using that reasoning to justify withholding prior and future payments to the players.
The Pittsburgh Embers have also been called out for presenting a false history for the company backing it (claims it was founded at a time when it’s founder would’ve been 13-years old).
While the players are currently still with the organization, it’s likely this isn’t the end of the whole affair.
As always, we’ll keep you updated as the situation continues to develop.