ForZe fires Dota 2 Roster after Player Trash Talks in Pub Games

Vignesh Raghuram
20/Mar/2020 02:50 pm

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It looks like the Dota 2 Pros are yet to start learning to how to control themselves and behave professionally in Pub matches. 

Recently, one of ForZe’s players Egor “19teen” Lexutin made some toxic comments in his Pub games after playing with Russian Youtuber TraVoMaN’s Techies. However, this comment became viral and damaged the image of ForZe and their sponsor LukOil.

As a result, LukOil (a crude oil extraction company) fined forZe 1 Million Ruble ($12,700~ USD). Shortly after, the organization announced the disbandment of their Dota 2 roaster. 

ForZe's CEO Sergey Ignatko also made another statement, detailing why they fired the team.

"We fully complied with all the official agreements; players also received salaries. For our part, there were no false promises and non-compliance with contractual obligations. At that moment, when the try-out period was coming to an end, the players wanted to reconsider the conditions, but their wishes were very different from the initial ones to which they agreed and signed agreements with us. We made a compromise offer to them, they refused.

The team knew about our decision three days ago. Now there is a legal process of termination of contracts. I do not want to make "Santa Barbara" out of this situation. They simply did not agree on the assessment and opinions. In any case, we thank the boys and wish them success in the future! "

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However, ForZe’s captain Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorokhod commented that everything on this statement was false.

“Almost everything in this text is not true, I can’t immediately tell everything because of an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). We need to get our response right. It was ready, but today, even bigger *** has happened, so it needs to be edited". 

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This caused quite a stir in the CIS Dota 2 community with multiple players and personalities commenting on the issue.

Soon after the Tweet was made, Russian commentator V1lat stated that according to what he is hearing, ForZe just used this video as an excuse to fire the ForZe players.

"If the information I got is correct, Forze, before parting with its Dota 2 team, on the basis of this video, and the violation of one of the players, decided to fine the entire squad for half of their salary, and removed this lineup”

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He claims that this video did not cause the parting, it just became an excuse to not pay extra money.

Former VP CEO Roman Dvoryankin also commented on this matter saying:

“Why is everyone so surprised by Forze? It has been known for a long time that Lukoil finances the team because of the addictions of a son of one of the top management; this case of Travoman is just an excuse for financial control to cut costs against the oil prices dropping below $25 per barrel.”

ForZe’s CEO responded to this statement.

“Roman, there's a good rule, first think and then talk. You sit in your Qatar, you sit there and don't light up.”

The former players of ForZe have confirmed that they’re not going to be disbanding and will continue to play under the ‘Gentlemen’ banner. Their roster is:

  • Alexander "Gibkiy" Tkachenko
  • Egor "19teen" Leksyutin
  • Stanislav "633" Glushan
  • Eugene "Chuvash" Makarov
  • Ivan "VANSKOR" Skorohod

This lineup managed to make it to the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 where they finished in 5th-6th Place.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.