The world of competitive gaming can often be a perilous place in terms of carving out a livelihood, especially when one wades into the ambiguous world of “eSports,” and we were recently provided additional proof of how shaky these sponsorships can be with today’s news of Zeveron’s dissolution.
While not a household name like Evil Geniuses or Team SoloMid, Zeveron recently made a bit of a name for themselves in the fighting game community with their signing of Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, considered by many to be one of the strongest players in the world today. In response to our scene’s cautious optimism, then-CEO Jeff Suddarth promised that Kazunoko had been signed to a year-long contract, which would provide a regular salary and travel to competition.
Unfortunately, the honeymoon didn’t last long. Suspicions were immediately raised about Zeveron’s future when numerous members of their Heroes of the Storm team tweeted last week that they were no longer part of the organization. One even went as far as to say the company had been dissolved entirely, a statement that Shoryuken can now confirm after speaking to sources close to the situation.
As of now, we can only assume that Kazunoko’s contract is in a rather complicated spot after barely a month and just one international trip on the roster. Official word is expected from Suddarth sometime in the near future, so stay tuned for more details.