A former team manager of the Royal Never Give Up (RNG) VALORANT team has accused the organization of failing to pay him for nine months. The former manager, who goes by the name ‘CC’, claims that RNG owes him a total of CN¥18,000 per month for the past nine months, amounting to almost $23,000 USD.
According to a post on Weibo, CC also alleges that RNG failed to pay his signing fee, which was initially agreed at CN¥100,000 ($14k USD) but was later reduced to CN¥5,000. However, the ex-manager never received the bonus as agreed. These allegations were reported by VALO2ASIA on November 25.
RNG Accused of Failing to Pay Manager
RNG, the Chinese esports organization, has been accused of failing to pay their VALORANT team manager for nine months. The ex-manager also claimed that the organization failed to pay his signing fee, which was initially agreed at CN¥100,000 ($14k USD) before being reduced to CN¥5,000.
🇨🇳 Royal Never Give Up (RNG) allegedly owes about nine months in unpaid salary to its former VALORANT team manager.
The ex-manager also shed light on RNG’s mishandling of contracts, which led to a player being trapped in a two-year contract jail instead of just participating in… pic.twitter.com/ithyvRgEV6
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Not only that, but the former manager also shared details on the organization’s mishandling of player contracts, which found VALORANT pro Shi ‘AAK’ Yeka “trapped in a contract jail.” The organization signed AAK in February of 2023, and according to the ex-manager, the player’s contract was intended to be short-term for participation in the FGC VALORANT circuit, which turned out to be a two-year agreement.
Mishandling of Player Contracts
The mishandling of player contracts led to the loss of a very talented player as Lu ‘Kai’ Zhinan signed with competitor Bilibili Gaming. This situation sparked a conflict internally between the former manager and RNG’s team leader, where the manager was allegedly forced to step down, although was promised to be reinstated in the future.
“This was continuously delayed, and eventually, they just stopped replying to my messages until November 22, when I couldn’t take it anymore and made my first social media post.”
Although the former manager was no longer officially employed by Royal Never Give Up, the manager was still asked to help the organization, where he was allegedly still responsible for “stabilizing the mentalities” and buying essentials for the team. On November 25, the organization allegedly tried to dismiss the manager with CN¥5,000 ($700 USD).
Royal Never Give Up has yet to respond to the allegations.
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