In less than two weeks, we’re about to witness the opening game of 2022/2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). But as other regions are moving rapidly to secure their latest lineup and eagerly awaiting the competition, the South America’s competitive scene has been shocked by a controversy regarding the situation about DPC South America from last season.
The information was brought by SG Esports, a South American team that have been disbanded last month. The team, which finished fifth in the DPC South America 2021/2022 Tour 3 Division one, claimed that they had yet to be paid by the tournament organiser.
“To date, Valve and the company that represents it in the organization of the official SA circuit called 4D have not paid the amounts due for the 3rd tour,” SG Esports wrote on twitter last night.
Prior to SG Esports, there was Hetor “Duster” Pereira who also questioned the distribution of prize pool from DPC South America Tour 3 last season. The former Wolf Team captain said that 4D had not paid out the prizepool four months since the competition ended.
In addition to these claims, numerous DPC SA fans on social media revealed that this have affected practically every team who competed in DPC SA last season, including Wolf Team and SG.
This is not the first time that such occurence happened in professional Dota tournament, as there are still cases in which tournament organizers have neglected to pay out players. One of these notable examples is the case of GESC Minor in Thailand and Indonesia in 2018.
Four years after the competition, Valve finally filed a lawsuit against GESC organiser. According to reports from the players, talents, and agencies involved, a total of $750,000 USD remains underpaid.
Regarding this instance, there has been no formal clarification from 4D as of yet. Looking at the prize money for the DPC SA Tour 3 from the previous season, they owe the participating teams $205,000 USD. We’re definitely looking forward to hear an official statement from Valve soon.