The Fortnite pros have split with FNATIC and both say they are looking to find a new organisation to call home.
Following the recent spate of players splitting from their orgs, Derman "MOTOR" Özdemir and Theo "Pr0vokd" Guillemenot have announced that they will no longer be representing FNATIC esports.
MOTOR has a reputation for trolling and joking around on Twitter and had to clarify that this news was actually serious. Breaking the news to fans, he said “I am looking for an organisation that I can call family, stay loyal and I can be helpful for”. MOTOR seems to have departed on good terms, with FNATIC founder and CEO Sam Mathews replying “Honestly massive respect for you… We’ve loved having you a part of the family”.
I have officialy parted ways with @Fnatic.— MOTOR (@FNATIC_MOTOR) February 14, 2020
I am not just looking for an org that will pay me and get over with hoping that @FortniteGame will shit out money.
I am looking for an organisation that I can call family, stay loyal and I can be helpful for.
Pr0vokd offered a similar sentiment in his announcement. He told supporters “I have enjoyed my stay, but I will now be exploring other options for the future. I will be looking for a new home, that are supportive, and wants to take the next step with me!”.
There’s no doubt that these are two top tier pros, and I’m sure they will find more success going forward. However, this news raises further questions about the place of Esports organisations in Fortnite. MRKN star “jm0ck” had his say on the matter, tweeting “something needs to be done about org involvement… So many great players getting dropped/not re-signed solely because of the little to no ROI the scene offers”.
something needs to be done about org involvement if Fortnite is to become an actual major esport. So many great players getting dropped/not re-signed solely because of the little to no ROI the scene offers to organizations is sad to see— MRKN jm0ck (@jm0ck) February 14, 2020
Jm0ck’s point makes a lot of sense. With the lack of information from Epic Games on what competitive Fortnite may look like in 2020 and beyond, of course it is going to be hard for organisations to see pros as a worthy investment. With that said, for the players that still want to make a career out of the game, this makes adding value through content creation even more important than ever.