Money and Organizational scandals hit Dota 2 pro team Secret after controversial reveals by former members
The Secret is out, and it’s totally horrifying.
The name Secret in Professional Dota 2 will always be tied up with controversy, especially these past few months, as the multinational organization, now based on Turkey, has long been peppered with numerous issues ever since their inception, with one being the sudden back and forth trade of players between team Evil Geniuses, which involved names like Artour “Arteezy” Babev and Saahil “Universe” Arora but perhaps the biggest of them so far would be the recent reveal by 2 of its former members, Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao, and Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen on issues that involve Payout delays, winnings cuts, sponsorships, and internal organization problems.
In his post over at NPGame.gg, EternalEnvy outlines many of the problems that plague team Secret, one of them being the delay in the payout of the winnings, citing that the organization “does not split and pay out the money to the team“, making players “hound” the organization before the money moves around until it reaches the players and going as far as saying that the team, Secret, still owes its other former player, MiSeRy, a sum of USD 182,000, which has been paid off last September 26, 2016, note that MiSeRy left Secret back in March 2016. In his own blog post at Medium.com, MiSeRy adds on this claim by saying that he had to seek legal counsel and talking directly with the team’s current director, Kemal Sadikoglu, in order to claim the delayed payments. MiSeRy even mentions that Secret still also owes its other former player Aliwi”w33” Omar money through delayed payouts.
In addition to the delayed payouts, EternalEnvy also reveals what he believes to be contradictory and secretive cut in team winnings by the organization, one which he stated was not discussed to him when he joined the team. EternalEnvy states that “It was understood by everyone on the team that there would not be any prize winnings cut to the organization” although a posted screenshot of EternalEnvy’s discussion with Secret’s team captain and founding member Clement “Puppey” Ivanov it is found out that the 10% cut is used to cover transfer fees and payoff the team’s Manager, Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey.
While delayed payouts have long been an issue among professional video game cyberathletes and organizations, Secret is perhaps a special case as the team is founded under the idea of helping combat these said problems, promising 5-digit player salaries, and 0% cut on tournament winnings in hopes to reward more money to the players. These controversial reveals however, give a contradictory point to the team’s original ideology and sheds a very bad light one of Dota 2’s most popular pro team.