Entity Gaming, an Indian e-sports organization has apparently fired its entire Dota 2 team due to alleged unpaid dues. The team of Dota 2 had finished its fourth TI8 SEA qualifier and has followed it up with three lackluster qualifiers as well. When they had been trying to finalize a roster change, Entity’s management took the decision to let go of its entire Dota 2 team. Entity’s former Dota 2 coach, Anthony ‘Scantzor’ Hodgson said that this was due to poor results and Entity was “spending a lot of money on the Dota 2 team”.
There have also been reports which suggested that both players and the coach were given a contract of 30-day severance. But Hodgson claimed that Entity didn’t take any responsibility of paying severance in full. After some discussions and arguments, Entity agreed to pay a 15-day severance as goodwill only. However, one of Hodgson’s statements highlighted one of the issues faced by foreign talent working in India and the way in which the Entity has been structured.
In a Medium post, an employee said thus- “Why is there no legal recourse? Because I’m a South African, ‘working’ in India on a tourist visa (as insisted by the employer), bound by a contract under Singaporean law. I’m set to leave India in a few days, and can’t afford heavy legal fees. What sort of steps could someone in my position reasonably take?”
Entity’s manager Sid Joshi took to Reddit and denied these claims, alleging that Hodgson had an adverse impact on the team. Joshi said- “I let him go because he sabotaged my roster and spoilt our relationship with a potential recruit. The contract never mentioned a severance package and we still gave him 15 days salary as goodwill.”
Things have taken a turn since former Entity players have taken to Reddit to deny the statements made by Joshi’s. Former Entity player Yang ‘Deth’ Wu Heng said- “I flew back to Singapore on 6th October as the team was taking a break. I was supposed to return on 15th October. Till this day, the management has not informed me that they are letting the team go. Not the manager, not the owner. For all I know, I could have flown back to India not knowing anything happened. It’s just downright unprofessional of them to not have said anything to me since the break. All this to me is just Sid trying to salvage the situation by creating lies and spinning the narrative in a way that portrays them as the victim.”
It will be interesting to see what Entity managers respond to these former employee’ claims.