theScore esports Daily (March 11): Excelerate CoD CEO responds to contract dispute allegations, dennis takes a break from competitive CS:GO

by Devin Jones Mar 11
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Excelerate CEO responds to CWL allegations

In an interview with VPEsports, Justin Tan, CEO of Call of Duty Pro League team Excelerate Gaming, admitted on Friday he made mistakes in the handling of recent roster changes and contract disputes with ex-players.

In the interview, Tan states that "There are certain things I should never have done," pointing to the stress of being a first-time, young esports team owner as to why mistakes were made in the first place.

Ex-Excelerate player Michael "Beehzy" Said, who accused Tan of withholding pay and attempting to coerce the roster into signing unfavorable contracts last week, also provided VPEsports with a followup statement in which he reaffirmed his belief that Tan's conduct had been unacceptable.

“I truly think Justin feels bad and is being genuine. A lot has changed in the last 24 hours between me and him. I still think what happened is unacceptable on every level and shouldn’t just be summed as Justin is inexperienced and a little 'green'," Beehzy told VPEsports.

News of the situation broke last week after Excelerate announced via Twitter that it dropped its entire roster after qualifying for the Call of Duty World Championship.

Shortly thereafter, Beehzy released a YouTube video highlighting his issues with Tan and levying accusations of unethical conduct and coercion.

After hearing the news of Excelerate dropping its roster, Mike "hastr0" Rufail, team owner and CEO of Envy, helped secure a team pass for the recently released roster to participate in the CWL Fort Worth event.

It's currently unclear as to what name or organization the ex-Execeletrate roster will play under.

Cloud9 signs sponsorship deal with BMW

After last week's sponsorship signing of telecommunications giant At&T, Cloud9 is at it again, this time inking a sponsorship deal with automotive manufacturer BMW.

Cloud9 announced the news via their Twitter account, with founder and CEO Jack Etienne stating that members of the organization recorded a series of commercials with the company.

Further details of the sponsorship have yet to be revealed.

Sjokz to host BLAST Pro Series: São Paulo 2019

Popular League of Legends personality Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere will be behind the desk for her first ever CS:GO event in the BLAST Pro Series: São Paulo 2019.

Since hosting the EU LCS for Riot in a full-time capacity since 2013, Sjokz transitioned into a freelance role at the beginning of 2019, in a bid to open up further hosting opportunities and to focus more on her personal life.

NiP's dennis takes a break from competitive CS:GO

Ninjas in Pyjamas announced via Twitter that Dennis "dennis" Edman is temporarily stepping back from the competitive scene due to fatigue.

Replacing him the next few months is former team member William "draken" Sundin, whose play with NiP in 2017-2018 helped them win IEM Oakland and Dreamhack Open Valencia.

NiP has a busy schedule ahead of them, with appearances scheduled for BLAST Pro Series: São Paulo 2019, StarSeries i-League S7 Shanghai and IEM Sydney 2019.

It's unclear how long dennis will be out, but an NiP press release states he'll undergo a medical examination in the upcoming days.

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