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BearClaw Gaming's Valorant roster, staff claim missed payments

Another Valorant team has allegedly been terminated without payment. 

Shortly after Phoenix1 was accused of not paying its former Valorant players, BearClaw Gaming has come under fire for the same concerning reasons. According to general manager Steven Kim, BearClaw Gaming's parent company, Plynius, has not paid any of its players or provided basic support for the Valorant team's operations. Kim stated that nobody has been paid since the beginning of January, which was when BearClaw signed the all-Korean Valorant roster. 

Without the proper support or payments, all of the players and staff terminated their contracts. Kim stated Plynius had created an "unstable situation" that didn't align with the contractual agreement. 

Kim stated that the players are hoping to stay in Valorant. He explained that they are searching for the "best way to maximize their abilities and skills." For now, they have decided to continue participating whenever possible under a different banner. 

BearClaw Gaming's CEO, Harley Parks, confirmed in an interview that none of the players or staff, including herself, have been paid since signing at the beginning of 2021. Reaper said that she still held the trademark for the BearClaw Gaming brand and has pulled out of the deal with Plynius. Parks also stated that the players' contracts were with Plynius, not BearClaw Gaming, and that the responsibility for missed payments lies with them.

The former BearClaw Gaming Valorant roster is now competing under the name Team MUYAHO. The Korean team is looking for a new sponsor as it looks to break out.