Two months after signing Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod’s stack Gentlemen, forZe eSports released the entire line-up, but announced that they will not leave the Dota 2 scene entirely.
Known better for their CS:GO and Rainbow Six Siege divisions, forZe ventured into the Dota 2 professional scene mid-January 2020, when they signed an already existing CIS stack put together by VANSKOR for the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit season. Right after they signed the line-up, forZe punched a ticket to the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, but got eliminated in the group stage matches after losing three series in a row. With the third and fourth Minor and Major on the DPC schedule being postponed, and with no other online big events announced yet, the organization decided to part ways with the team, citing lack of results in the short time the five players represented their colors.
According to several reports from the CIS scene, forZe’s decision comes on the back of an internal conflict between Egor “19teen” Lexutin, the organization and its official sponsors. 19teen made a couple of toxic remarks in one of his pub games, which damaged the public image of forZe and allegedly, LUKOIL, one of the organization’s sponsors, fined the club with 1M rubles. Russian language commentator Vitalii “v1lat” Volochai posted on Twitter that according to his sources the organization violated the terms of contracts when they released the players.
forZe later on made a public comment to a report published on Cybersports.ru stating that they “fully complied with all the official agreements.”
“For our part, there were no false promises and non-compliance with contractual obligations. At that moment, when the test period was coming to an end, the players wanted to reconsider the conditions, but their wishes were very different from the initial ones to which they agreed, signing agreements with us. We made a compromise offer to them, they refused.
The team knew about our decision three days ago. Now there is a legal process of termination of contracts. I do not want to make “Santa Barbara” out of this situation. They simply did not agree on the assessment and opinions. In any case, we thank the children and wish them success in the future,” roughly translates the comment made by the forZe CEO, Sergey Ignatko.
VANSKOR expresed on Twitter his disappointment on how the whole situation was handled and said that “almost everything” in the forZe statement is false. He also mentioned that he can’t disclose the full details of what happened due to a non-disclosure agreement signed with the organization.
forZe disbanded roster:
- Alexander “Gibkiy” Tkachenko
- Egor “19teen” Lexutin
- Stanislav “633/BZZ” Glushan
- Evgeniy “Chuvash” Makarov
- Ivan “VANSKOR” Skorokhod