It’s been some time since Robby Ringnalda, CEO of Denial Esports, has said a word to anyone about esports. A long time. In fact, Ringnalda hasn’t taken to social media since October 4 when he tweeted that he and his esports organization were working on some issues.
We will be resuming social media efforts as soon as all issues at hand are solved. Bear with us. Everyone is working on it.
— Denial Esports (@DenialEsports) October 4, 2017
The issues Ringnalda was referring to were numerous charges of managerial misconduct that saw the CEO continually late on player salary payments or not paying them at all. To explain, Ringnalda posted a TwitLonger on October 4, 2017, claiming the that the problems arose after he and his organization were “sidetracked.” How he was sidetracked was never truly explained as the embattled CEO tried to explain himself.
From Ringnalda’s TwitLonger:
“I have been spending this last month trying to fix problems that we have had so this doesnt become a recurring thing. Full time staff/better contracts / better insurances /all around better structure that I myself have let deteriorate by getting side tracked , the massive amounts of $ and investors in the space now make it no longer easy for me to manage like it used to be . 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.”
Making headlines on the Richard Lewis Show, players from Denial’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, H1Z1, and Paladins’ teams came forward saying they were owed prize winnings and salary compensation. In fact, Ringnalda had stopped paying the CS:GO team house.
Another team that also didn’t get paid that simply up and quit was that of Denial’s Overwatch team that starred Dante “Danteh” Cruz and Félix “xQc” Lengyel now of the San Francisco Shock and Dallas Fuel, respectively. The two players, now in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League are actually not very concerned at this point, if at all.
“I was on the team for about three months, got paid once, and then got used to not getting paid,” Danteh told VPEsports. “I really don’t care anymore.”
While it has worked out for Danteh in terms of finding his next professional team, not everyone from the former rosters of Denial can say the same. Sources say he still owes more than $75,000 in salaries and according to journalist Elle Thibeau, at one point told his former players he would pay them in five days time.
He hasn’t been heard from since.
This story will update as more information becomes available.