And further updates still. Tom is currently in the Discord fielding questions. He currently denies the view botting still, stating that Mixer still tells them the numbers are legitimate. He suggests the "throwing us under the bus" comment was him admitting guilt of making a mistake. He also says that he never bribed Simon, but certain quotes were taken out of context to make it look that way.
Some players are starting to pipe up saying they don't care about any of this drama or the payout, similar to what I said earlier it seems like nobody actually expects the payouts to go through.
Apparently the final set of rules are currently being finalized, and should be shared soon.
Also it was re-confirmed that a cash payout will be made if the crypto currency they're offering does not rise to the value they're expecting.
I would never play in an esports league that offered a cryptocurrency that they created themselves as a prize. Seems a bit unethical and they could possibly be using this to skirt around legal barriers as well, due to crypto being a bit of a gray area for the moment. Also, cash is the king. I dont want your made up chuckie cheese token, that I have to jump through 500 hoops to cash out and use in real life. Unless it is a "mainstream" coin, like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum... but even then I wouldn't feel right about it either.
More concerning, however, is the concept (for those unfamiliar) of a "pump and dump" scheme which is fairly common these days in the crypto-world (I felt pretentious writing crypto world). You create an unknown coin, generally coined an "alt coin" or "shit coin", you hold substantial amounts (let's say I own 5,000,000 coins), you then do whatever you can to inflate the value of the coin. Because you have such a substantial holding, even if the price increases 5 cents, you could actually make a decent amount due to your sheer volume alone.
So the question is, would you classify an alt coin created by a local halo league, as a long-term hold, where they will improve the coins "tech" over the next 3-5 years, preferably longer than that? Realistically, probably not. I am not saying these guys are running a scam, but I also would not feel comfortable competing for an imaginary prize either.
When Beyond was still a YouTube channel, Ghost helped me organize a lobby of pros during Halo 4. We were getting our asses handed to us by BlackOps 2, with people like Nadeshot, etc., fully understanding how important content was/is - and they built their careers off of it.
Anyways, one of them was Ninja - and he produced a lot of content with Beyond, just to do it. Nobody was paid. We were building our own brands, Beyond, Ninja, Gandhi, Walshy etc. we all put in work. I will say though that out of 16 pros in the lobby, I think maybe 5-6 were on board, and out of those 5-6 only 2-3 actually stuck with it for a decent period of time and contributed. I cant recall if OG2 was in there (I dont think he was), but I do remember basically every other biggest name in Halo was in there.
I will give a shout out to Walshy, Heinz, and Ryanoob.. throw Mikwen in there. If we ever needed someone to jump on a live show, or produce content, those guys were always willing.
Building a brand (personal or otherwise) isnt an overnight journey. It took (5) years for Beyond to build to the point of being acquired for example. This shit was NOT easy. Esports suffers from too many people trying something for 5 minutes and when they dont find instant wealth and celebrity status they give up for the next 5 minute attempt. See it all the time - same thing applies to a streamer, youtuber, whatever. It will not be you flipping on your stream and you have 100,000 people in there, it just wont happen. You have to work, build, and entertain. It can take a long time.
I dont feel bad for any Halo Pro that is jealous of Ninja but wont put in the work on a consistent basis. Guy has been streaming since Justin.tv Halo Reach 1v1 against the Suddoth Twins in 2011. 7 years later he broke through. Put in the effort.
I think a lot of recent negativity probably is that he was so invested in trying to grow HCS for years while being super positive and he didn’t really gain anything personally, the scene continues to falter despite all the time he put into it and he’s probably just tired of being that guy for Halo 5.