Esports athletes from CLG were unceremoniously told they might not have a future on the team, with the meeting being filmed on camera, then uploaded to the organisation's social media platforms. What's worse, is that the video was uploaded as sponsored content by Bud Light.
The deleted clip showed the League Of Legends team from the Counter-Logic Gaming (CLG) esports organisation being given the bad news by their manager Daniel 'Tafo' Lee after recent results went against them, including a 2-1 loss.
As reported by PC Gamer, Lee can be heard telling the team that this "might be the last time we have this roster of five playing", and that he would be exploring options after the team failed to make improvements. What's perhaps the most shocking thing though, is that the video then cuts to a sponsored advert for Bud Light beer. Oof.
While CLG has, as mentioned, deleted the video from its socials, it took the company a matter of hours and it has naturally been saved and uploaded by others, including in the below tweet by esports personality Jake Lucky.
The bizarre vid breaks half way through for the Bud Light advert that simply reads 'Cool Down'. When the clip picks back up Tafo tells the players that he loves them like brothers, but that it just isn't working for the team. The original caption for the video also read: "This might be the last time we have this roster of five playing" - @tafokints. On the @BudLightGaming Cooldown we take you behind the scenes of a private team meeting #LCS #CLGFIGHTING"
Once the video was taken down, it was replaced by a statement of apology from CLG, who say that the goal was to "share an authentic moment with our fans and be as transparent as possible leading up to potential changes that may occur this week."
Clearly, this is not the way to have approached this. As PC Gamer rightly points out this has simply added insult to injury for those players involved, and the conversation should have been one conducted in private, not filmed and uploaded to the internet with advertisement sandwiched between it.
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