With the next year of Apex Legends With the Global Series just weeks away and after a hugely successful end to the tournament series’ second year, rumors of conflict between EA and some of the biggest esports organizations in Summit circulate.
Full Squad Gaming’s Jake Lucky reported again today that Organizations and EA are having trouble accepting a deal to bring Organization-themed skins on board. Summit, after initially reporting that EA was trying to bring organization skins to the game without any revenue share offers. These reports had fuel poured on them by several members of Team Liquid’s competition. Summit team, which today announced that the organization allows them to respond to offers from other organizations, suggesting that Liquid is looking to leave Summit.
While not confirming that the two issues are related, Liquid’s member responses make sense in regards to how abruptly Liquid seemed to attempt to switch from Summit when he already had one of the best teams in North America. Shortly after Lucky’s report, Liquid’s IGL Nocturnal made a statement on their stream regarding the team’s position with Liquid, which did not mention EA and simply stated that the team “didn’t got the treatment she needed.” Whether this treatment came from Liquid, EA, or another entity was unclear, and Nocturnal later clarified that Liquid treated him very well during his three years with the organization.
If Liquid actually leaves Summit due to conflicts it cannot reconcile with EA and the way it manages its esports scene, this could be bad news for gamers and fans of other organizations in the scene. Many large organizations are already professionals in the field Summit the teams and its LAN events proved the game’s international appeal, particularly in North America and Japan. With an organization as big as Liquid seemingly poised to exit the scene so quickly, the news doesn’t bode well for other organizations fielding ALGS teams.
Currently, it does not appear that other large organizations or their Summit teams have been affected by this reported conflict, which is the good news that emerges for Summit players and fans. But for now, the competitive scene still looks uncertain.
Updated Sept. 15 5:41 p.m. CT: Team Liquid has released an official statement on the situation with their Summit crew. The statement includes a note that the organization is making the team “restricted free agents” and that the decision was not due to “performance” or “behaviour.”