Robby Ringnalda, the CEO of Denial Eports has been reportedly contacting another Counter Strike: Global Offensive team to propose a merger so that Denial will be able to pay the money it owes to its players.
Leaked screenshots of conversations between Ringnalda and the anonymous CS:GO team sent to Break the Game on Wednesday show Ringnalda asking the other owner to “ditch the team and ride out with Denial,” in disregard to the team’s currently active five players and coach. Another screenshot shows Ringnalda asking the two teams to “combine [their] efforts” and share investors, mentioning Denial’s financial troubles.
Denial has a history of being late on paying its players for League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Halo, Super Smash Bros., Smite, Overwatch and H1Z1. The organization came back into the spotlight as Slingshot reported last month that the staff members of Denial were set to leave due to alleged inability to pay players players for its H1Z1 and Counter-Strike teams and its staff. The H1Z1 players had played in the $300,000 Fight for the Crown tournament, however after the winnings were sent directly to Denial, the players themselves haven’t been paid yet.
In a report by journalist Richard Lewis on Sunday, Denial’s H1Z1 players have decided to forgo its paycheck in August to keep the team afloat, while the CS:GO players have been having to go into their own pockets in order to pay the rent of the gaming house. As Denial still has money owed to its players while giving the run around as to why the payments were being delayed, the players are put in a dire situation.
UPDATE (10:23 a.m. Thursday): Ringnalda issued a vague statement Wednesday afternoon about all the allegations against his organization while not explicitly addressing any of them:
“I have been spending this last month trying to fix problems that we have had so this doesn’t become a recurring thing,” he wrote. “Full time staff/better contracts / better insurances/all around better structure that I myself have let deteriorate by getting side tracked…We also had a contract dispute that went viral and I have been working every day to make sure both parties are happy with the outcome. Esports isn’t easy. I didn’t start with millions of dollars. We are an organically grown organization that has had many bumps in the road…These are all growing pains of an organization that has had success. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes in esports and people are quick to take pop shots or pick sides. There are three sides to every story. I am trying my best to get everything rectified so everyone is happy, and if need be part ways amicably.”