*update* looks like they're not going to appear on the starleague either ;p
It's 7 PM on Tuesday, which means it's time for the KPGA Team League. There was supposed to be an exibition match between Orion and Soul, but neither of the teams showed up.
A few weeks ago, there was an article in the news, about a formal request by the progamers to MBCGame about the Team League. The pro teams threatened the would not show up, or send out their 2nd rate players if their demands were not met. Their requests included:
Around $60,000 in total prize money for a 3 month league.
A stop in pay/free VOD services (since they are not paid for them)
A $400 appearance fee for the Team League (around $160 during the 1st league), and over 30% of that for reruns.
To confer and agree with the KPGA on tournament rules
It is true that it is very hard for a progamer who is not in the top 10 to make money, and that many progamers don't even make $300 a month.
The pro teams say that this is simply required for them to make a decent living. MBCGame says that the kind of money they want is just impossible at the time.
While this article showed up in mid june, it appears they have not been able to agree on anything. So what's going to happen in July? I guess we can look forward to a lot of reruns!
The gamers haven't taken their case to OGN yet, though the KTF Ever Pro League hardly meets the demands they have sent to MBCGame either. If they succeed with MBCGame, they'll be pressuring OGN in no time.
While a cool $60,000 in total prize money for a 3 month Team League would be very cool, I can't help but think that the Pro teams are being ridiculous. They're asking for the prize money to be multiplied by 5, which is not something that easily happens at once.