SK Gaming to acquire Luminosity Gaming's roster in July

by theScore Staff Jun 24 2016
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After a dramatic month of contract disputes and roster drops, Luminosity Gaming and SK Gaming have settled their legal dispute as LG's roster will move to the SK organization on July 1, according to a press release from LG and SK.

In the press release, Alexander Müller, SK Gaming’s managing director, gave a statement saying that "this was a messy situation and neither party was completely right or wrong here.

“We are very happy to have found a satisfactory solution for each party involved in the recent contract disputes," Müller said in the statement. "Luminosity excels at scouting the greatest talent and we are surely going to see them on the big stage again soon. What they’ve been able to accomplish as an organization and team in such a short time is remarkable.

"At SK, we are happy to leave the emotional weeks behind us and are now looking forward to a fresh start and successful future together."

LG's founder Steve Maida also gave a statement in the press release saying, "I'm glad that we could all come together and work out a solution."

"It might not have started off the best, but SK and Alex made it right in the end," Maida said in the statement. "I'm optimistic that SK will be a good home for the team's next chapter in CS:GO."

The settlement comes days after SK Gaming released their CS:GO team, which the team said was due to their contracts expiring at the end of June. In that announcement, the team said that they would have more news to come regarding their CS:GO division.

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SK and Luminosity have had an incredibly complicated relationship since a report from ESPN’s Jacob Wolf surfaced in late May. The report claimed that LG’s roster had signed a contract with SK Gaming before MLG Major Championship: Columbus back in March, but that the players had already signed a letter of intent with Luminosity in December 2015 which tied them to the organisation for next two years.

LG team captain Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo then told The Daily Dot’s Saira Mueller in an extensive statement that SK’s managing director Alex Müller reached out to him in early February to tell him and his teammates that "they had better options and that they deserved better." SK allegedly also offered them $9,000 monthly allowances for living arrangements and trips home to Brazil to see their families. The contract was due to start July 1.

FalleN went on to say that they signed with SK just days before MLG Columbus, as Müller allegedly told the players there was a deadline to apply for a membership with the World Electronic Sports Association (WESA). Following Columbus' conclusion, the team felt a lot of guilt when they told LG’s CEO Steven Maida the news of their switch, saying that Maida felt betrayed.

It was then that they tried to nullify their contract with SK, which SK refused to allow and subsequently threatened to seek an injunction that would prevent the players from playing professional CS:GO for the period of SK's contract.

FalleN also alleged that SK had convinced the team that the LOI they had signed with LG would not be valid if they signed new contracts with SK, which gave the roster the ability to dispute any legal action from SK because of their alleged interference with the LOI agreement.

In the press release, FalleN spoke about his own experience through the dispute saying, "I personally did many mistakes during this transition."

"I let emotions take part on business decisions and that is something I regret and surely will take as a learning experience to the rest of my life," he said.

The LG squad will play under the Luminosity Gaming banner for the last time at the Esports Championship Series LAN Finals in London, where they are grouped against G2 Esports, Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

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They will debut under their SK banner at the Major in ESL One Cologne 2016, which is set for July 5-10. The team will still be based in Los Angeles, California, but are free to use SK Gaming’s practice facilities in Cologne, Germany ahead of the Major.

LG's roster, which will be acquired by SK on July 1, looks as follows:

  • Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
  • Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
  • Marcelo "coldzera" David
  • Lincoln "fnx" Lau
  • Epitácio "TACO" de Melo
  • Wilton "zews" Prado

Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. You can usually find her freaking out over someone's dog or telling terrible jokes to anyone who will listen. Feel free to follow her on Twitter.

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