The world of professional Esports just got a bit smaller, in this case it’s the H1Z1 Pro League that’s having issues.
Teams including Clou9, Team SoloMid and Echo Fox all have active rosters in the league, and they’ll reported repeated issues with receiving stipend payments from the organization running the league. Some teams were also reportedly having issues with getting travel documents and visas in order for some of their players to compete.
Twin Galaxies Co-Chairmen Jace Hall wrote out to players:
“It’s with a heavy heart that a letter has been sent to the League’s team organizations providing notice that the 2nd Split has been suspended indefinitely, and that a second league season will not be renewed or scheduled at this time,”
Details from the payment disputes between teams are available via ESPN, but the details seem pretty clear. Of the promised $6 million split across the 15 registered teams in the league, the second stipend payment had not been fully paid out to all teams. These issues left more than $3 million on the table that the teams weren’t getting. Despite these delays teams continued to pay players at a loss, even while the league was postponed due to these payment issues. And while this likely wasn’t the only issue with H1Z1’s league, it’s probably the one that caused the most tension.
It seems like the league organizers finally admitted defeat behind closed doors, and the teams had to pull out to avoid losing more money, leading to the closure of the entire program.
You can play H1z1 now on PS4 and PC, and although Esports won’t be a thing in this particular shooter any longer, there’s still some fun to be had with the various Battle Royale game modes and other goodies..