On September 24th, 2017 the Playing Ducks organization released their Heroes of the Storm, Rainbow Six Siege, and CS:GO rosters. Sources close to the organization have explained that this came as a result of their main sponsor “MiFCOM” pulling funding unexpectedly mid-contract. Financial trouble aside, Playing Ducks signed a new CS:GO roster the very next day.
Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas, Nikolaj “kalinka” Rysakov, Lukas “lukjjE” Baciliunas, Eimantas “pounh” Lazickas, Tautvydas “HyPe” Paldavicius, Robertas “Carcass” Mikuckis, and coach Zygimantas Sypalis are owed a total of 4,500 € from their respective tenures with the organization. A source explained that the payments they did receive were often late and that they are also owed SteelSeries hardware worth in excess of 1,000 €.
When initially contacted, the Playing Ducks CEO Thorsten Mohr explained that the organization would be unable to pay these players until at least 2018. He later claimed that ex-manager Jannik “tweakstaR” Hansen signed the aforementioned lineup to contract extensions in August without the organization’s permission. Mohr is attempting to have the contracts voided, claiming the organization had no knowledge of the new contracts. According to Mohr, tweakstaR also stole 3,000 € worth of hardware intended for the former players. He finished by saying that the current Playing Ducks CS:GO roster is currently funded by a separate budget.
The Heroes of the Storm roster is still owed a total 12,000 € in salary and hardware. It is unknown at this time when or if these players will receive compensation. The former Rainbow Six Siege players are owed miscellaneous hardware promised in their contracts.
TweakstaR responded with this comment after publishing:
“The CSGO Team was signed in the knowing of Thorsten Mohr, He was included in everything and also agreed in to sign the Roster for another period of time. He has been paying Salaries without any Problems until the MIFcom case where they would not be able to pay anything. I have had nothing to do with Salaries. – For the SteelSeries part, some of the players have already received theirs(This are the last referred 1000€ worth of Hardware that is in my Hands and not 3000€ That they are talking about). I am still owed 1000€ Worth of Expenses paid for the CS team that havent been paid to me. – I do have steelseries hardware which is for the CS Players and also is going out to the CS Players but currently Playing Ducks doesnt wanna pay myself other then if i send them the Gear which is currently owned by the Players. I have been supporting the Players throughout everything. Saying that i signed them without they organizations knowledge is Bullshit.”
In addition to this comment, tweakstaR provided the image below that shows Playing Ducks were indeed aware of the player contracts in August.