The issue of ownership conflicts that occurred with the recent ESL One Road to Rio prompted Valve’s authorities to react. They set an ultimatum to seven organizations that now have five months to resolve the confusion. The information comes from an email sent by the American developer, whose content has reached the HLTV editors.
All the commotion began when Yeah Gaming and MIBR competed in the North American Road to Rio division. Then the issue of ownership of the first organization was discussed, which partly belongs to Epitacio “TACO” de Melo and Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia, i.e. the player and coach of the latter formation respectively.
Interestingly, Marcelo “coldzera” David from FaZe Clan and Wilton “zews” Prado from Evil Geniuses also have their shares in Yeah. In addition, Immortals Gaming Club, the parent company of MIBR, is also involved in everything, which, based on the concluded agreements, can attract two Yeah players for a pre-determined price during the calendar year.
However, this is not the only situation of this type that Major’s co-organizers have dealt with. Attention was also paid to ENCE, where Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen is a minority shareholder. There would be nothing wrong with it, if not for the fact that Fin is also part of the board of the already mentioned Immortals Gaming Club.
Valve also raises some doubts about Ninjas in Pajamas, because the Swedish organization’s shareholder Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund, who currently represents Dignitas, has a certain share package in the Swedish organization.
In total, this gives us seven organizations that have received an ultimatum from Valve today. Each of them received five months to settle all formalities so that the conflict of interests would disappear. If any of them does not lead to a proper resolution of the situation, they will say goodbye to their dreams of performing at the Major in Rio de Janeiro, which is scheduled for November this year.