Having a big sponsorship reveal is usually met with excitement since it’s perceived as a step forward for any organization striving for longevity in esports. This has been far from the case for the Guangzhou Charge. In a league like the Overwatch League that usually embraces corporate sponsors, the deal with the recently announced Herbalife and Guangzhou Charge partnership seems to have been roundly rejected by fans of the esport considering Herbalife’s sketchy past as a pyramid scheme. Call it a Multi-level marketing company, call it a distribution company, it has a horrible past with being banned in multiple countries and has been sued by multiple class-action suits in the past few years in the US alone.
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To make matters even worse, the Guangzhou Charge inked the deal for a massive three year time frame, making it a coming staple in the OWL that is going to have a hard time finding acceptance from fans off the rip. Herbalife is another one of those companies that encourages people to buy hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of products to then resell to other unsuspecting people, and if you don’t, you’re stuck with all of that product and Herbalife goes laughing all the way to the bank.
Many fans and professional players from other esports took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the subject. You know it’s a bad day when pros from other esports are chiming in to also criticize just how bad of a deal this is looking like.
Having a big sponsorship reveal is usually met with excitement since it’s perceived as a step forward for any organization striving for longevity in esports. This has been far from the case for the Guangzhou Charge.
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