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ENCE release video addressing Aleksib benching drama

Joona "natu" Leppänen and Mika Kuusisto discuss the trade and contract situation surrounding former in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen following his benching in September.
ENCE release video addressing Aleksib benching drama

ENCE has released a video to try clear the air surrounding the choices made by the organisation in recent months regarding their CS:GO roster.

Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen was benched by ENCE, with the announcement regarding the move preceding the StarLadder Berlin Major.

The decision proved to be controversial within the scene as the in-game leader was not the expected change to make way for former mousesports star Miikka "suNny" Kemppi's return.

Now part of the first-ever OG lineup, Aleksib is free from the bench following apparent stalls in the transfer due to financial disputes between ENCE and the CS newcomers.

With Aleksib gone, ENCE's video seeks to tackle some of the questions many had regarding the situation over the last few months but leaves out details regarding why the specific decision was made.

One detail raising many eyebrows from the video is that the organisation, knowing they planned to bench Aleksib, made him re-sign a contract extension without informing him of their plans.

This done when the initial signing cost supposedly stopped ENCE from seeking suNny earlier makes it seem like the Finnish organisation sought to get a higher amount for their in-game leader once he was taken off the active roster knowing he would be a popular prospect.

A Reddit comment from 'taevii' claims that this action by ENCE could be considered a violation of Finnish labour laws but no specific law was given to back this claim up.

As Aleksib was still seemingly paid for his time on ENCE and has not raised any issue with his former organisation, it is unlikely any legal problems will arise in the future from this.

The full video can be found on the ENCE YouTube channel or viewed below.