North American esports giant Evil Geniuses' (EG) CEO has come out to defend the org after allegations surfaced about their treatment of Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki, the AD Carry and star player of their League of Legends (LoL) team.
The allegations were made on Friday (2 December) in a recent stream by LoL caster Marc Robert "Caedrel" Lamont, where he was allegedly able to get a hold of screengrabs of messages sent by one of Danny’s family members.
The messages alleged that the EG organisation did not treat Danny and the EG staff as well as people might have thought they did.
In Caedrel’s stream, the screenshot of someone who was supposedly Danny’s sister, Jaclyn, said that there was one instance that Danny’s laning coach was "fired for standing up for Danny and going up to the player’s association for him".
According to this conversation, Danny’s mum was supposedly speaking to someone from the player’s association, but that nothing would most likely happen "because Danny wants to keep things quiet".
After the stream aired, EG CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson addressed the allegations on Twitter.
Jameson described the allegations as "pretty disappointing and shocking" but said that she could not provide any details owing to HIPAA and other legal constraints.
She went on to tell the community that all of the charges were "untrue and completely unfounded".
An emotional morning at EG - a quick note on the LCS operational allegations. pic.twitter.com/RheMgbugmc
— EG Nicole LaPointe Jameson (@totheLaPointe) December 1, 2022
She said these accusations were a "rough blow" to the organisation, especially since she made sure she spent as much time with the team’s players and families.
The 28-year-old CEO also said that she had appointed a third-party committee to review the team's LCS operation and see if any flaws needed to be solved.
They would also assist the team in learning the best ways to support its members since "[the team] takes this f—ng seriously."
These latest claims appear contrary to EG's overwhelmingly positive social media presence, particularly after Danny's decision to take time off from professional gaming to focus on his mental health this past summer.
In September, Danny took a break "to focus on mental health" after EG qualified for Worlds 2022 at the LCS Summer Playoffs.
He was replaced by Kaori at Worlds, where EG dropped out of the competition after the Group Stage.
Even if he is under contract with EG, the young star player will not be a regular starter in 2023, though the organisation has said it will "continue to support" him.
Danny's sister allegedly said that the player will try streaming on Twitch to see if he likes it better, but for now, he's "just enjoying life and get[ting] healthy".
The organisation signed 100 Thieves veteran Ian Victor "FBI" Huang as the team’s new starting ADC in 2023.
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