According to different reports in the last few days, Evil Geniuses is still negotiating to extend/renew the contracts of the players who just won the VALORANT Champions 2023.
However, there is a very tense situation, as the players will have to decide whether they want to stay with the team after the impending salary cut; they will take or look for a team willing to pay the “termination clause” of their contracts. In addition, it was also reported that EG has rejected several buyout offers from the players and is currently under “inactive” status in the organization.
Reports claim many contractual problems exist between EG and the winners of the VALORANT Champions 2023
The popular esports journalist Richard Lewis shared a report detailing the contractual problems between Evil Geniuses and their VALORANT lineup.
Latest for Substack: Evil Geniuses Valorant players find themselves in “contract jail” after the org turns down a number of bids for the players ahead of January’s roster lock.https://t.co/HLKXdRr9Xw pic.twitter.com/0YxnHscCOA
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) September 23, 2023
As we know, Evil Geniuses were the champions of VALORANT Champions 2023, so this news surprises more than one in the community. However, the players are most surprised, worried, and disappointed and have shown discontent on social networks.
I miss old esports
Where if you were good, you were on a good team
Where there was something to grind for, and if you did it successfully, you got to reap the benefits
Where winning was everything
— EG Ethan (@ethanarnold) September 11, 2023
As a result, rumors started about a possible exit from the organization of all players, but it depends on one thing that is certainly not easy to achieve. The players need to find a team willing to pay the termination clause of their contracts with EG.
EG refuses to sell its players
Similarly, the report highlights that these clauses do not have a fixed price, i.e., the organization sets the price they want for the players. In addition, it was also reported that Ethan “Ethan” Arnold and Max “Demon1” Mazanov were two of the players who were denied buyout, whereas other orgs would have offered $100,000 to EG.
On the other hand, it is also reported that EG denied the buyout of Kelden “Boostio” Pupello, who would have agreed to join 100 Thieves. Similarly, it is worth noting that the players have contracts with EG until the end of 2024, so the organization has all the power over its players.
In addition, it is fair to mention that Evil Geniuses can deny any purchase of its players, whatever the price, as they have the power to do so until the contracts expire. EG could even force players to play next season until the end of the VCT.
Wow just fucking wow
— EG Boostio (@Boostio) September 11, 2023