Arctic Storm, the German esports organisation whose League of Legends roster recently qualified for the UK Masters and moved to NerdRage, has sent a statement to Esports News UK.
Maximilian Cabanski, CEO and founder of Arctic Storm, claims that the team’s League of Legends manager – Ashley “Slip” Haynes has deceived his organisation and others in the past.
After this article was published, others including members of Enclave Gaming and Digital Warfare have made other claims against Ashley, but not all have proof. Some say he changed his name from Rubix to Slip at i60.
Here’s the statement in full, in the meantime we have reached out to Ashley for comment (UPDATE: Ashley has sent his own statement to Esports News UK, defending his actions here).
Further update: Digital Warfare and NerdRage have since published further statements.
“We at Arctic Storm would like to make a statement about our LoL team changes:
A few weeks ago, we were looking for a new League of Legends main team on various forums. In doing so, we assumed that the team will play in the Challenger Series Qualifiers and optionally take part in the German EPS.
So we were already looking for a complete team with staff, because the registration had to be done.
Through a joint partner I discovered Cognate eSports. Of course, since we also like to follow other organizations, we followed Cognate eSports and their LoL manager.
Then Ashley “Slip” Haynes wrote to us and asked how he could help us. We told him that we are now in the construction process and are looking for a new LoL team.
This seemed just the right fit for him. He pushed us up and told us about his glorious managerial stories.
Of course this sounded interesting for our new organisation. We asked him if he had a contract with Cognate and whether it would be alright for Cognate when he changed.
He said that everyone was already clear and he did not want to be on Cognate, as they had financial problems.
This should have been the time for us to be heard. From now on we worked together more and it seemed as if he was a nice, motivated person.
After we put a lot of effort and time into the search for an organization, there was finally a roster, which was promised to us with 100% profit. The team played great together and we registered at the UK Masters.
“Ashley “Slip” Haynes is a deceiver. He has deceived, robbed and harassed Cogante eSports, Arctic Storm, Digwar.gg, ComplEX esports and Radix eSport. I hereby warn every team what will work with this person. Please do not give this man power or money.”
Slip then told me that he needed about £800 (1,000 euros), so he could pay the arrival of the team and the accommodation. Furthermore, he would make money for the Insomnia60 tickets.
At this time, we did not know that the management of the UK Masters paid everything and you did not need any tickets [if you’re a UK Masters winner]. He tried to pull us over the table and lied to us.
After talking to the managers of the UK Masters, I knew and of course I did not tell him anything and wanted to see what he did.
He only had the £230 for the Insomnia tickets, which he still has. I asked him to buy the tickets. Of course he did not.
In the course of the week there came some complaints from other organisations, such as Digwar.gg and ComplEX eSports that would try to fetch players from other organisations that have a contract.
“We deeply regret the fact that we have opened the doors of esports to such a person and have thus inflicted damage onto the scene.”
We were sent the necessary proof. However, we tried to give him a sense of backwardness. This proved you wrong. Slip, in chat, spoke to other organisations and said that they are all uninformed idiots.
We reached the UK Masters and were happy that it ran so well for us.
Yesterday Slip came with an inconspicuous reason to me. He got into a conversation and started to show up as someone who would not keep his word, although we had clarified beforehand that we do not pay any UK Masters team money each month because it is not worth it.
He had not fulfilled his contractual conditions and had not signed up for the CSQ.
Now he said that he would switch to Radix eSports and they would offer him more. We could not offer as much as they can. After Radix eSports had spoken to us, he could change even though he was still under contract. But he compelled us to let him go.
Yesterday he publicly announced that he has gone to NerdRage Pro. Radix eSport also told us that he was trying to cheat them for money and lied to them too.
So to express this all in one sentence. Ashley “Slip” Hayne is a deceiver. He has deceived, robbed and harassed Cogante eSports, Arctic Storm, Digwar.gg, ComplEX esports and Radix eSport.
Hereby I warn every team what will work with this person. Please do not give this man power or money.
We deeply regret the fact that we have opened the doors of esports to such a person and have thus inflicted damage onto the scene. We hope that the career of this Silver manager will soon come to an end.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations who have helped us to clarify this case.”
CEO|Founder of Arctic Storm
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.