Sources: Former NOM Valorant players still owed prize money | Pages Da

Published: 2022-11-24T16:16:37

updated: 2022-11-24T16:32:11

NOM Esports, an Israeli esports organization that competed in the Valorant Regional League East: Surge in two stages in 2022, still owes its former players money from the league’s prize pool, sources tell Dexto.

Two sources close to the team who spoke to Dexerto, requesting anonymity, claimed the organization still owes the players a percentage of the VRL prize pool, with one player allegedly owed about $370. Another player told Dexerto he was owed around $500 for his time on the team.

NOM came first in Stage 1 of the VRL regular season, finished fourth in the playoffs, and then third in Stage 2. The second stage was completed on July 3, 2022.

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Daniel ‘yaotziN’ Roczniak, the team’s former head coach, told Dexerto that NOM delayed salary payments and the prize pool to him and his staff. He was owed nearly $2,000 in unpaid salary and tournament winnings when NOM attached the money after Dexerto reached out for comment for this story.

Dexerto reported on August 24 that the organization still owes his former Valorant team nearly $10,000 in wages. NOM said in a statement that the organization had missed payments but the amount owed was less than $9,000. The organization also said it did not pay the players because it did not receive prize money from Farenzi, the tournament organizer who ran the VRL.

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Franzi confirmed that the company experienced payment delays at the time. When asked about the payment of the prize money in September, Franzi said that NOM Esports had been paid in full. A representative from NOM said that Frenzy sent 70% of the prize money due to the organization.

“We’re trying to reach out and figure out where the missing 30% is,” NOM Esports told Dexto on October 1st. “In any case, we sent everything we could to the players (all 70%).”

According to an email from a Ferenzi representative obtained by Dexerto, the prize pool was taxed by the Polish government and Ferenzi gave the organizations the option to decide whether the tournament organizer would spend the taxed money before transferring it to the team, or if teams would pay the taxes outright. NOM chose to have Frenzy pay taxes before sending the prize money to the Israeli organization, according to the email.

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Frenzy did not respond to Dexerto’s repeated requests for comment.

“Since receiving the prize money from the VRL, our CEO has answered all financial questions. All financial obligations have been paid to the coach and players in accordance with their contractual agreements, including salaries, prize money and various funds according to Israeli law,” NOM Esports CEO Shahar Meir said in a statement to Dexto. “yaotziN requested a different payment method than the rest of the team, which forced us to slightly delay his payments. The CEO and the rest of the team handled the issue personally.”

NOM has also been accused of dissing potential CS:GO team when asked to pay. According to a source, they have been in talks with the organization regarding the establishment of Valve’s eSports setup. The team started practicing, sure the offer was genuine, but as soon as the subject of payment came up, NOM seemingly stopped responding.

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“The staff in question did not represent the club in any tournament, and no deal was signed between us in any way,” Meir said about the CS:GO staff.

When asked about his time with the organization and the communication surrounding his payment, yaotziN said it was a nightmare to get consistent information.

“There are three people in the organization, all of whom always gave different information,” he said. “There is no transparency. Everyone will tell you a different story. It’s ridiculous as hell,” he said.

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