Incredibly disappointed to hear about this partnership today. Spreading a positive message alone is not enough, actions must align with and support that message.— Isaac CB (@RiotAzael) July 29, 2020
Proud of all my friends and colleagues in the #LEC speaking up against this swiftly & unequivocally. We're with you. https://t.co/J4vuZ1Y2lS
While the on-air team was swift in its condemnation, the LEC’s teams remained markedly silent on the issue - to the extent that analysts within the scene began to question whether they were complicit with the deal. They are set to earn a share of sponsorship profits via franchising rules, after all. G2’s Carlos responded swiftly to the allegations:
For the avoidance of doubt, neither G2 nor myself will be taking money "earned" from genocide and ethnic cleansing. Ever.— ocelote CarlosR (@CarlosR) July 29, 2020
G2 and myself stand against violations of basic human rights and any leadership that promotes such.
Please have patience and stop implying things ffs.
Ocelote says that while they were informed, they have no powers to exercise over it.https://t.co/bFWcSqu5X7— Veteran (@VeteranEU) July 29, 2020
The tweets reveal a number of things, 1). That while they were informed of the deal, they had no powers to veto or otherwise sink the deal, and 2). They are not best pleased with the situation. In Carlos' own words, “For the avoidance of doubt, neither G2 nor myself will be taking money "earned" from genocide and ethnic cleansing. Ever. G2 and myself stand against violations of basic human rights and any leadership that promotes such.”
Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago claims that they will accept no money from the NEOM sponsorship deal. (Picture: G2)
At the very least, this implies G2 will be refusing any income earned by the NEOM deal, and an earlier tag of Fnatic by Carlos suggests they may also be in a similar position, but they have yet to say anything publicly.
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At the end of his tweet, Carlos asks for patience - to what end, we don’t know. Whatever statement and actions come next will be watched carefully, especially after such an unequivocal public statement.