One of the most popular Dota 2 streamers and content creators, Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski, has announced that he will be parting ways with OG.
The decision stems from diverging interests between the streamer and organization. While his tenure with the team was originally imagined around Gorgc casting OG’s games, the situation got complicated after OG became involved in organizing tournaments.
Due to OG’s involvement in arranging the Omega League, scheduling conflicts arose with Gorgc’s streaming program. Due to OG having partial ownership of Omega League, he was viewed as competition to the tournament’s stream. This has been a regular problem with Dota 2 streaming, which has largely revolved around taking viewership away from the actual tournament organizers.
“This has honestly been weighing pretty hard on me the past few weeks, but unfortunately what we set out doing in the start of me signing with OG to cast their games, has changed a lot when they started being involved in organising tournaments. We went back and forth a lot on how to make it work but it was really hard finding a long term solution,” Gorgc said.
Gorgc also hinted that the ongoing global health situation also played a factor in the decision.
Although an agreement couldn’t be reached, Gorgc also stated that he will be parting ways with OG on good terms.
A number of prominent Dota 2 community figures voiced their displeasure about the OG’s decision and the use of third-party streaming for official tournaments.
This is a very big deal.
Now that og was directly involved in creating tournaments, suddenly a non official streamer (even their own!!!) was exactly what every TO has been saying all along:
A threat to the tournament.
Valve, it’s time to move finally. https://t.co/K6yIXsj7FZ
— JJ – PimpmuckL (@JJLiebig) August 20, 2020
Gorgc was announced as OG’s official streamer in January alongside the reveal of the new OG lineup.
With Gorgc’s streams attracting a steady flow of viewers on a daily basis, the decision to include him into OG seemed to be one of mutual benefit. For a while that decision was paying off as Gorgc’s commentary streams had more viewers than official streams in some cases, such as the ESL One Los Angeles European qualifiers.
collateral damage when tournaments & teams join forces in revenue share and participation.
— Torte de Lini (@TorteDeLini) August 20, 2020
The key difference now is that OG is reportedly on a revenue sharing deal with WePlay!. This has the organization putting its full weight behind the event’s success, which includes not having its official streamers taking viewers away from the official broadcast. OG was razzed for the apparent hypocrisy of the move, as the organization signed Gorgc to siphon viewership from other tournament organizers but was unwilling to take the hit itself.
Although Gorgc failed to disclose any future plans, things are largely business as usual for him. He will continue on streaming tournaments, including Omega League.