Another North American organization have yet to pay their players

Iceberg players owed over $10,000 USD from organization

Iceberg has failed to pay their CS:GO players a salary for the last two months.

Five players and the coach from Iceberg, a competitive esports organization with teams in Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, have revealed that the organization has failed to pay them their salaries since late January. 

A tweet from Tom "tconnors" Connors late Wednesday evening alleges that the organization owes each player upwards of $3,000 CAD per player, with sources informing that their coach Michael "agM" Abood is also owed $1,475 CAD for his duties. 

Sources close to the team can corroborate these numbers, with approximately $13,475 CAD being owed between the six individuals.

According to the players, the organization had the roster on trial for the previous MDL season, and didn't actually sign the roster until December of 2017. Each player was to receive $1,000 CAD in salary per month, with agM receiving a coach's salary of $650. With one player receiving their contract later than the others, only four players saw payment for December — receiving only half of what they were owed for the month. Another half payment followed for the first half of January, but it was here that the organization began to delay payments and present excuses for late reimbursment. 

The players and other sources close to the organization spoke of Iceberg's owner, Daniel "Daname" Escott, who insisted that he was unable to pay the team because they had investors who had backed out, and that they were in the process of securing sponsors to displace the lost cash injection. This was told to the players the day after Iceberg's signing of a Dota 2 roster on January 30th. Sources also inform that the players on the Dota 2 roster have yet to receive any salary payment from Iceberg.

It was soon after that the organization's CS:GO manager, Shelby "d1sfigured" Parks, informed the players that Iceberg would go under if they didn't receive investments, only to tell the players later in the week that the team would be getting bought out and their owed salaries finally paid. The caveat was that the players would have to wait until the end of February due to contract clauses, receiving no money in the interim. One player reached out to Daname during this period in hopes of a small figure for their monthly expenses, and was greeted with a reply of "my best advice would be to find a job man."

The saga was finally brought to a close today when Warren "hades" Rettich was informed that none of the players would receive payment, forcing the team to go public with the organization's methods. The players attempted to reach out to other Iceberg employees who may have experienced similar situations, but found themselves promptly blocked and banned from various Iceberg social media platforms.

Ironically, Iceberg's mission statement on their website says that they aim to "set a new standard of player care in the industry", and pride themselves that "if [they] take care of [their] players, they will always do their best."

The former Iceberg players currently sit at 7-4 in the MDL standings, putting them in playoffs contention should they continue to put up similar results. With six matches left in the season, the team will have a chance to make it to the playoffs, and in turn give themselves the opportunity and exposure to be picked up by a new organization. 

#1(With 1 replies)
March 1, 2018 02:20AM
Yikes. But seriously, these players need to pursue this. It’s about time that the likes of Iceberg and Naventic stop screwing over these MDL teams. People’s word means virtually nothing anymore it seems, let alone a contract. I hope these guys find a new org ASAP that treats them better.
#2(With 0 replies)
March 1, 2018 02:29AM
Don't forget Gale Force failing to fulfill multiple parts of their player's contracts. Also, if we're mentioning shitty orgs that damage NACS it might be prudent to mention the whole Morior Invictus shit storm.
#3(With 1 replies)
March 1, 2018 02:45AM
Dust2 Birthday cake!
Call a f***ing lawyer. Get your money.
Another side effect of this is that legit orgs get overbid with fake money.
#4(With 0 replies)
March 1, 2018 02:53AM
Dust2 Birthday cake!
Problem is that an organization like Iceberg in the US can become insolvent, basically dissolving the company and selling off any assets to pay off debt. No assets = no money = no payment.
#5(With 0 replies)
March 1, 2018 02:51AM
RIP man :/
#6(With 1 replies)
March 1, 2018 03:39AM
#7(With 0 replies)
March 1, 2018 08:44AM
sad ogre hours
#8(With 0 replies)
March 1, 2018 09:48AM
Dust2 Birthday cake!
Word of advice to players: Cut and run the minute an organization fails to uphold their obligations to you, don't wait for months hoping against hope that they will pay you.
#9(With 0 replies)
March 1, 2018 09:59AM
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