When Jace Hall sent out the pitch deck for his brand new H1Z1 pro League concept, the game was already in steep decline. Yet, the charismatic owner of Twin Galaxies and Chairman of the H1Z1 Pro League LLC, convinced 14 organizations to jump into the rabbit hole where these newly formed teams witnessed Hall and the league spend copious amounts of money, paying social media influencers north of a million dollars while throwing lavish parties with open bars, and more. A single playing split later, the league has folded operations still owing teams hundreds of thousands.
Multiple sources close to the league have come forward and expressed their displeasure and frustration over what they saw was a lack of spending oversight which hurried the league to insolvency. This alleged lack of control coupled with an already waning player base and low viewership numbers is said to be the trifecta that forced the H1Z1 Pro League to shutter its operations.
According to sources, Hall threw lavish parties and events which at first were thought to help connect the players with H1Z1 PL staff and Hall. However, when some of the players and others Hall claimed were the most important part of the league didn’t get invited to some of these events, the exact opposite effect was happening. During one meet and greet at the Belagio Resort and Casino which saw Hall partying with some investors and social media influencers, pictures surfaced around the league showing people who worked for TG [Twin Galaxies] taking photos with Michael “shroud” Grzesiek, Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar, and Timothy “TimTheTatMan” Betar. This created an uneasy atmosphere that saw many players become upset, feeling angry and unappreciated.
“There seemed to be unnecessary spending all over the place,” said one source who wished to remain anonymous fearing repercussions. “ A lot of the TG employees seemed more interested in having a good time in Vegas instead of establishing a healthy, competitive league.”
A large amount of money was being spent to bring in personalities while renting space in clubs and penthouses to entertain these personalities who the league hoped would energize a viewing audience whose player base at the time of the first broadcast encompassed roughly 6,700 players. Players and staff members from various organizations really didn’t understand the amount of money that was being spent in the attempt to rally such a small base. It doesn’t seem cost-effective when you compare H1Z1’s player base to Player Unknown Battlegrounds 1.1million+, Dota 2’s 430,000+, Counter-Strikes’s 289,000+, and Rocket League’s 30,000+.
Shroud, Summit1G, TimTheTatMan, and FemSteph were paid to make appearances as the league announced that they would be starting a new competition named “Vs. The World” where the four would field teams and play against each other on a weekly basis. VPEsports can confirm that over a million dollars was spent on travel, hotels, food, and payment for these media influencers services. Added to this total, is Fast and Furious actor Michelle Rodriguez’s fee who hosted the first ever H1Z1 Pro League Broadcast.
Another spending issue that some have taken issue with was the Wednesday night open bar. Wednesday nights would see an open bar that players and staff could partake of after their matches that night. While it was said they loved the idea of having this bar at the time, looking back, they thought about how much money each night must have cost. According to Caesar’s Casino, where the competitions took place, an open bar can cost anywhere between $4,000 and $7,000 a night. However, the exact total the H1Z1 Pro League spent is unavailable.
Multiple teams have asked to review the financial statements of the league, which according to the bylaws they are obligated to release. As of this writing, that information has yet to be given to teams and their organizations.