For followers, it might have been a bit shocking to see Evil Geniuses pack up and depart North American Dota 2 whereas additionally dropping its total earlier roster regardless of fielding among the finest gamers on the earth. Nonetheless, very early on it grew to become apparent that chopping working prices throughout the division was additionally a part of the play.
It has lengthy been rumored, and even evenly confirmed, that EG was considered one of a handful of prime esports organizations that may pay its Dota gamers a wage ranging upwards of $100,000 relying on their pedigree. And, based on former-EG staple Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen, that was a key cause why he and his teammates are now not beneath that banner.
In considered one of his first streams since formally signing with Shopify Rise up because the Canadian org enters Dota, Cr1t spent a little bit of time answering questions for his chat. This included one occasion of a fan asking if his new org pays decrease salaries than EG—to which the top-level help participant gave a blunt response.
“Pay attention, the explanation we aren’t with EG is as a result of they didn’t need to pay our salaries,” Cr1t mentioned. “Do the deduction your self, do they pay kind of?”
In response to the participant, EG wished a less expensive roster and to “pay what’s truthful” to them. And, regardless of being launched for that cause the previous lineup has no laborious emotions as a result of they have been overpaid, at the least in his opinion, and handled properly all through some troublesome years.
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Particularly, Cr1t talked about how even when the crew was unable to play sure occasions throughout 2020 and 2021 on the peak of the COVID pandemic, EG nonetheless readily paid their wage regardless of many different orgs refusing to take action.
“We undoubtedly have been overpaid in EG. They usually at all times took excellent care of us,” Cr1t mentioned. “Throughout COVID-19, when it was actually laborious to compete for us as a result of we had international gamers and we couldn’t actually compete in EU tournaments and stuff, EG nonetheless paid our salaries. And lots of corporations weren’t paying salaries to the individuals who have been inactive. They didn’t should do it, you understand? I nonetheless have lots of respect for EG.”
Whereas we are going to doubtless by no means know the precise salaries for Dota gamers throughout all areas, some data about SA salaries did leak earlier this month from a former skilled participant.
In that data dump, Diego “Jericho” Jimenez famous that EG is paying its new roster round $12,000 per participant per thirty days in wage—one thing that may be lower than its NA roster however reportedly greater than the earlier SA common as prices have gone up because the area continues to enhance. So if that’s the worth of a tier one crew in SA, followers can solely speculate what EG was beforehand paying and what its former gamers are making now with Shopify.