Dot Esports' Known VALORANT Reporter George Geddes tweeted out that the organization was not in contention for a partnership league next year, not just for the North American region that G2 was supposed to play in. Geddes said in a follow-up tweet that "Riot originally decided on partnering with G2, but did a complete u-turn" and that "plenty of [team] owners were confused by what was going on."
neL, a French CS:GO league reporter, weighed in and provided more context apart from G2 being out of NA and EU franchising. According to them, G2 Esports had already vacated a spot on the NA franchise league following Riot's emergency meeting.
Many people said that the VALORANT team should not have to suffer the consequences of their CEO's actions, while others that this is justification.
Carlos "ocelote" Rodriguez, the CEO of G2 Esports, tweeted a video showing him in a party with known misogynist Andrew Tate. Tate is well-known for his harmful content on TikTok prior to the social media platform banning him. Both YouTube and Meta (Facebook, Instagram) have swiftly followed suit and banned his content on their platforms. He is currently being investigated for sex trafficking and has fled the United Kingdom after being accused of sexual assault.
On a follow-up tweet that read "nobody will ever be able to monitor my friendships," Rodriguez did not profess any regret. "I draw my line here. I party withwhoever the f**ck I want."
esports personalities said the video and Rodriguez' unapologetic behavior were unlikely. It's a waste of time at best and engagement bait most likely. This is a f*cking low man, party with who you want but expect people to judge you for it. You might be an excellent example of someone who aspired to achieve something.
Ashley Kang, the co-founder of Korizon Esports, and journalist, responded, saying, "People will not be able to monitor another person's friendship." However, people will be able to judge you and consequently G2 for it.," before linking an article about Tate's record of misogyny.
G2 Esports has since suspended the CEO for his actions and made the following announcement:
“Hey G2ARMY, please keep it up.”
Last night, we failed you. The actions of our CEO spoke a language that stood in stark contrast to G2's beliefs and culture. We apologize.
We've worked tirelessly to ensure that Esports remains a safe and enjoyable environment since our inception. These are just small steps in the direction we need to go as a business. We'll continue to strive to improve ourselves and the industry as a whole.
Carlos and our Supervisory Board have mutually agreed to take weeks off as CEO and suspend his earnings during that time.
Thank you to G2ARMY and the Esports community for keeping us accountable.
Rodriguez has issued a series of tweets as a reprimand.
“Many G2 customers were let down this weekend, which sparked confusion about what I stand for. I have always strived to live for absolute equality of opportunity, regardless of who you are or where you come from, which is what gaming is all about. Make no mistake, I have had my fair share of situations I have faced in the past. I will stand up and accept the consequences in full.”
He also tweeted the news of his suspension under the following: "G2 is above Carlos and always has been. I will do everything to protect this business and my colleagues in it as it is my absolute obligation to them."
There were also remarks about the fact that this was a "PR speech" and that these were "empty words written by someone else."
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