18 orgs from WCA 2017 reportedly still owed prize money

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18 orgs from WCA 2017 reportedly still owed prize money
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World Cyber Arena 2017 was a ¥ 400,000 (~$58,000) event that took place over the course of Fall 2017, with its LAN finals played out in Apr. 2018. Five regional tournaments in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific were devised to determine participants of the LAN finals, where top two from the EU, ME and APAC events would be invited, along with top one from NA and SA. Each of the regional events had an individual prize pool tied to them, in addition to the pool separated for the LAN finals in Zhuhai, China.

Earlier it emerged that one of the participants, Yazid “laTal” Kurdi, formerly of Next Generation, a team that participated both in the Middle East regional event, as well as the LAN finals, has yet to receive prize money from the event. The Iraqi/Jordanian mix team secured first place at the Middle East regional event, and is owed AED 80,000 (~$22,000) in prize winnings.

According to the player's Reddit post, it was communicated to the team that the winnings from the regional event would be delivered 2 months after the conclusion of the LAN finals in China. The team was informed there were issued with the bank details they provided, and later told that there were issues with the bank itself. The player then reached out to ESME (Esports Middle East), the organisers of the Middle East and Africa qualifier for WCA 2017, who were unable to provide him with a clear answer regarding the issue.

In the post, it was outlined further that other parties have not received payments either, citing 18 organisations that share the same issue, including Chiefs eSports Club, ex-Quantum Bellator Fire and Aimers Alive, a team that landed 2nd place at the Middle East qualifier for the event.

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