Chinese esports organization Newbee has been accused of stealing over $100,000 of prize money from its Fortnite World Cup players, the San Francisco Shock sign the first Japanese player in the entire history of the Overwatch League, and the Nintendo Mini Direct earlier this week now sits at almost 70,000 dislikes because Nintendo fans just love disappointing themselves.
Newbee Accused of Stealing $100k from Fortnite World Cup Players
The Fortnite World Cup took place over a year ago in 2019, and one of the biggest promises of the event was that anybody who even just qualified for the tournament would be receiving $50,000 each. However, it’s not being reported that any player who qualified for the tournament while a part of the Chinese organization, Newbee, has not seen a single dollar of prize money and in some cases, has been missing six-figure paydays that the esports organization just refuses to payout.
The news is being brought to light by Rhidax, a coach in the EU and Asia regions, when he finally went full bore on the org over Twitter yesterday evening. He started his blow out of Newbee by reminding the world that the organization has been accused of match-fixing in Dota 2, which is what led to that team being disbanded. He then goes on to say that Newbee trapped their players in contracts and stole ALL of the prize money since the Fortnite World Cup, which is obviously a big problem.
San Francisco Shock signs first Japanese player in the history of Overwatch League
As an almost five-year-old esport, most of Overwatch’s history has seen players from very specific regions take the spotlight, namely those hailing from countries like South Korea or the United States, with some European representation sprinkled throughout with France, Sweden, and Finland as the biggest standouts. However, there seems to be have been a glaring hole in that list, only recently being rectified thanks to the San Francisco Shock signing Ta1yo, the first Japanese player in the Overwatch League’s history.
Why Do Nintendo Fans Love Setting Themselves Up For Disappointment?
When Nintendo surprised everyone with the announcement of a Direct Mini mere hours before it premiered, every rational gaming fan would probably assume it probably wasn’t going to be filled with heavy hitters, especially since the Japanese company explicitly stated it was a showcase focusing on third party titles and most importantly, “previously-announced Nintendo Switch games.” PSYCH.