Oh, H1Z1 Pro League, we hardly knew ye. Word came down this morning that the esports league would be closing up shop due to several issues. Twin Galaxies co-chairman Jace Hall sent out a message to players and organizers, which ESPN got a copy of, letting everyone know the 2ND Split was suspended indefinitely and that everyone involved with the league had been relieved of their duties.
The news comes after a number of issues within the league, including delayed payment of stipends for the league’s teams, as well as incorrect visa classifications for its players, according to a report by VPEsports confirmed by ESPN.
As a part of participating in the league, each team was to receive $400,000 per year — collectively $6 million across 15 teams, sources told ESPN. The $400,000 would be paid out in two installments: one for the first split of the year, another for the second split. Of the money provided per split, $125,000 was meant for player salaries, with the other $75,000 given for content creation and other expenses. Per the league participation agreements, those payments were due to teams seven weeks prior to the start of a league split.
According to a few different sites, due to all the financial issues, pro teams like Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Counter Logic, and more had to pay teams out-of-pocket for a loss to their respective organizations. Essentially paying players their guaranteed money without having to play. It’s almost a safe bet to say at this point that aside from independently run competitions, H1Z1 esports on a grand level is pretty much over.