by David Hollingsworth and Dominic Sacco
Perilous Gaming’s UK League of Legends team – Perilous Void – has disbanded.
Owner Michael “Mick” Hartley published a statement on the Perilous website this evening apologising for the situation, following tweets from former players who claim they are owed money.
Would advise not to join perilous as the org/owner (not manager) did not pay players etc and the lack of truthfulness from the owner
— Sancus (@Sancuslol) November 21, 2016
— Sam Willis (@Artorias_lol) November 21, 2016
Sancus said: “We were promised the cost of our tickets for i58 would be refunded when we qualified for the ESL UK Premiership.
“The owner just kept giving us false dates around when we would be paid the money – and just kept making excuses why the money will be delayed etc, along with the fact that he never showed up to a single event. He told us he would – and we never received our Perilous hoodies which we were promised!”
Owner Mick said the reason why the players have not been paid is because he lost his job in the summer.
“I don’t write this to try and invoke sympathy,” he said. “It is to simply offer an explanation to the delay. I owe this amongst many other bills, but burying my head in the sand I have only made circumstances worse. That buck lies with me.
“For clarity, I have no issue with any of the players, they had a great run, somewhat as underdogs over the course of the year, and have really earned their place amongst the UK elite. I would like to hope the team disbanding isn’t due to me, as they could all still do a great job as a team going forward.
“However I understand their frustration for which I apologise unreservedly. I wish them, and departing team staff all the best in the future and thank them for all the blood, sweat and tears they’ve poured into the game and Perilous.
“Rest assured though, every penny and promise will be paid. I will publicly state that, albeit I hoped it wouldn’t come to this.”
“I have no issue with any of the players, they had a great run, somewhat as underdogs over the course of the year, and have really earned their place amongst the UK elite. Rest assured, every penny and promise will be paid.”
Mick Hartley, Perilous Gaming
Perilous have been a staple team in the UK LoL scene, competing in the current UK Masters and having competed in the recent UK Red Bull G5 tournament. Perilous took part in the final last weekend, representing the North (with Vicksy also stepping in as sub mid-laner), but lost to Team Recall from the South.
Perilous will play their last game in the UK Masters tonight (November 22nd).
Chin looked back on his time with the team positively:
As of today I will be quitting @PerilousGaming to focus on myself for the time being with university etc. Was a great experience to have.
— Tomas ‘Chin’ Davis (@2Chins_) November 22, 2016
Even though the team is disbanding a lot of great, funny and stupid memories to look back on. Good luck in the future to you all <3
— Tomas ‘Chin’ Davis (@2Chins_) November 21, 2016
Moving forward, the UK has lost another solid League of Legends roster, and we hope the players will find new teams as soon as possible.
Over the past year, Team Infused, FM-eSports, Choke Gaming, Exertus Esports and Team Paria have all disbanded their UK League of Legends eSports teams.
However, it’s not the end for Perilous just yet.
@eSports_News_UK We will be back in the new year!
— Perilous Gaming (@PerilousGaming) November 22, 2016