OpTic's Scump accuses CDL of forced contracts, unfair terms
Call of Duty pro Seth" Scump" Abner is fed up with the Call of Duty League.
Scump took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the CDL, some of which were very questionable contract practices. According to Scump, the CDL forced multiple players to sign contracts on the spot, preventing them from consulting their managers. No details were given on the terms of the contracts or what they were related to.
"It was a 'sign it now or you can't play at Minnesota' type exchange," Scump tweeted.
Scump even added that the Call of Duty League could even fine him for tweeting about the contract situation.
The CDL also made us sign a player “contract” in front of them without allowing us to run it by our lawyers at the player summit. It was a “sign it now or you can’t play at Minnesota” type exchange. I’m probably gonna get fined for this too just letting y’all know 👌— OpTic Scump (@scump) November 15, 2020
Scump then told Nick "NICKMERS" Kolcheff that the CDL was "doing players dirty."
"They doing us dirty and most are scared to speak out at all cause they gonna fine us. Has made me question continuing to compete," Scump said.
CDL players cannot stream other games on Twitch
Another topic that came up was Activision Blizzard's control over players' social media presence. According to Scump, the CDL fined him for playing Raid Shadow Legends during a sponsored stream.
"It was during the off-season as well, which makes it worse. my channels are my channels. I should be able to do what I want, please. But apparently I can't," Scump ranted.
I haven’t spoken of this publicly really, but I was fined for playing Raid Shadow Legends during a sponsored stream. It was during the off season as well which makes it worse. My channels are MY channels. I should be able to do what I please, but apparently I cant.— OpTic Scump (@scump) November 15, 2020
Doug "Censor" Martin, another Call of Duty pro, backed up Scump's account with more examples.
"Remember they told us we can’t make 1v1 videos against each other for Yeezy's on our own YouTube channels?" Censor responded.
Many in the Call of Duty community noted that Scump had opted to join the CDL, meaning they have the right to control certain aspects of his stream and career. CDL is also not the only league that keeps an eye over the streams of its players, with League of Legends and Overwatch having similar practices. Though there are two sides to that particular discussion, potentially being forced to sign a contract is deeply concerning.
Fans took Scump at his word, though. Many implored him to leave Call of Duty behind and take up streaming full-time.
Apex Legends pro ImperialHal swatted while live streaming
Seagull opens up on not signing strict Overwatch League contract
Fissure says Vancouver Titans cut him without contract payout
Ex-OWL pro Dafran receives 30-day ban from Twitch
Kripparrian issues statement on Blizzard's Hong Kong censorship
Team Liquid to sign Santorin as new LCS jungler for 2021
Ashe can cast W twice in a row through 2021 preseason patch bug
The ultimate Valorant rifle guide: The best use for each weapon
CSGO devs working overtime as 10th operation rumors swirl
mousesports adds new coach mithR in the middle of IEM Beijing
SirActionSlacks starting new NA event series with Arkosh Gaming
HellRaisers guts Dota 2 roster, looks to rebuild around Lil
Valorant players suggest Riot add a new spectating feature
iceiceice joins Evil Geniuses' Dota 2 team, replacing RAMZES666
Fnatic reportedly set to add Cloud9’s Nisqy for 2021 LEC season
Suning accused of buying votes for All-Star 2020
Team Liquid adds Kold and Spawn to 2021 LCS coaching staff
Twitch DMCA crackdown gets m0xyy permabanned
Hoax prompts massive police standoff at Ubisoft Montreal office