Mid laner Lee “GBM” Chang-seok took to Twitter this afternoon, claiming that Turkish League of Legends team Galatasaray Esports yet to pay the player’s salary in full from this season and have ignored all of his requests for payment from the team.
They promise me first week of october and keep saying next week next week ~~ and now december— GBM (@GBM_lol) December 1, 2019
they are ignoring me lightly
i feel really happy 😊
I'm surprised the pro league has a team like this in esports
The 25-year-old League of Legends player claims that his former team allegedly promised to pay his salary during the first week of October, but says the team continued to push the date back further and further as time went on. GBM says that the team still has not replied to the player after weeks of requests.
GBM hi. I always reply and message you. YOU WILL GET the last part of your salary VERY SOON.— Erol Özmandıracı (@ozmandiraci) December 1, 2019
I wrote to you in detail 17 oct. We payed you 50% of the total salary.
You write like you got nothing! Other teams delay salary but GS players always tweet first!! We are trying our best!
Board member of Galatasaray Esports Erol Özmandıracı responded to GBM’s accusations shortly after, denying GBM’s claims that the organization has not paid the player. Özmandıracı states that Galatasaray has already paid 50% of GBM’s total salary and that the mid laner can expect the other 50% “very soon,” though he did not provide a specific date. “You write like you go nothing!” Özmandıracı added. GBM responded to Özmandıracı’s initial reply and says the team has lied to him about holding a player’s meeting, continuing to claim Galatasaray Esports has not provided any additional information on the matter of his salary.
GBM is not alone in his claim, as former teammate jungler Choi “BalKhan” Hyun-jin also took to Twitter on Sunday stating that the two players have been in debt due to the nonpayment, leading the players to ask “acquaintances” for money until they receive their salaries. Former support Barış “Tolerant” Çepnioğlu also provided a statement claiming Galatasaray Esports has not yet paid his salary, as well.
Me and Gbm have been in debt ever since they returned to Korea. We borrowed money from our acquaintances because we didn't get paid.— BalKhan (@LOLBalKhan) December 1, 2019
The news regarding Galatasaray Esports comes a few days after Riot Games announced they would be banning MEGA Esports CEO Arnold Tandra from all LoL tournaments until 2022 for his role in not paying the salaries of his players. It will be interesting to see whether or not Riot Games will also get involved in this matter, as well, as it appears this is an issue across all esports.