About $10 per hour

Phillip Rasmussen
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That's what Snow Sweet Snow-organizer's GRID Esports apparently paid their casters. For a $100,000 prizepool tournament, with some of the best teams in the world participating, that's not pathetic, it's predatory.

Oh but surely they agreed to it in a fair negotiation environment? Guess again, they tried to force their talent to not speak about their salaries, in order to force the rates through.

Well then that's legal, right? Because a company running a $100,000 tournament has got the legality of their contracts under control, right? RIGHT?! Nope, 3rd strike.

Now some of you will be thinking: "Hey $10/hour for casting CS isn't a half bad way to earn money", and if you are one of those, you are on Team Semmler. The caster-extraordinaire pitched in, saying that for "no name casters" getting €100 for casting CS is "sick".

We just wish someone would give us €100 for writing this. Or even just a cookie. We like cookies here at TLDR.

It turns out this story isn't quite over, but it has something of a resolution. Kieran - who is yet to comment publicly - has been 'scapegoated'. Oh, sorry, we meant fired, or something.

We're sure he won't just fade into obscurity, though. This is the worst song we've heard from someone involved in esports since... the last one.

March 11, 2021

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