Further allegations and accusations arise on Entity Gaming by former coach

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Sid is misleading the audience into believing him to be a lot more important than he is in the context of Entity. He speaks as though he was the one making decisions, saying he decided to let me go.

These are the exact words of Anthony Hodgson, former coach of Entity Gaming DotA roster. The rift between Anthony and his former employer doesn’t seem to end just yet. The complete statement is a follow-up of the on going controversy in which he has accused Entity, Mineksi & GESC of wrongdoings.

Chief Operating Officer of Mineski had publicly apologized hours ago. On the other side Entity Gaming refuted the accusation.

Anthony ‘Scantzor’ Hodgson’s full statement

Entity were the first to respond to my article. In fact, less than an hour after publishing it, I received a message from a third party letting me know that my ex colleague, Sid Joshi, manager of Entity Gaming, wanted me to know that he intended to sue me. I heard through a separate third party, that Entity wanted me to respond to questions about an NDA I’d supposedly signed. I’ll respond to both by saying — good luck suing somebody for breaching a contract that you’re already in breach of yourself.

Following these informal interactions, Sid took to Reddit, sharing a most marvelous tale about how I’d actually been some kind of awful villain, and that he’d bravely fired me to protect his team. I have three comments to make here. First, his story is full of lies, some of which are easily disputable. He spends a lot of time discussing one particular incident for which he was not even present in the building — meanwhile, others were, including one player who has already corroborated in the same thread that Sid is lying.

Second, even if his story were true, it does nothing to explain why all of my players were fired. So the entire attempt to discredit me is just incoherent. It would be very strange to fire the players for my bad behavior.

Third, I feel obliged to point out that Sid is also misleading the audience into believing him to be a lot more important than he is in the context of Entity. He speaks as though he was the one making decisions, saying he decided to let me go. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sid was in no way my superior in Entity — in fact, for most of the time I was there, I was practically doing his job for him while doing my own as well. The directors of Entity Gaming are Neerav Rukhana and Varun Bhavnani. I didn’t feel any need to mention them by name in my original post, but since they seem to be making an explicit effort to distance themselves from this, I can’t see why their identities should be hidden.

Aside from Sid’s main post, judging by the overall impression I got from his replies in the thread, his position seems to be something like “But we did nice things for you!” It’s true. They did some nice things. I don’t think I ever suggested that they were evil incarnate. But, firstly, they also did plenty of awful things that I’ve not bothered to discuss because they don’t pertain to the breach of contract. For example, on the day I was departing India, I was robbed of $1400 that they’d insisted on paying me in cash — by Entity’s housekeeper. When I brought it to their attention, their first response was to insist that it was not their responsibility. Subsequently, they had me strip down all my belongings three times in a row in front of them to be “totally sure” it wasn’t my fault. I’m not someone who easily accuses, but in this case there had been nobody in the house during the time the money was in my bag except for myself, players, management, and the housekeeper. Ultimately, the housekeeper was called in and questioned. He confessed, and most of my money was recovered. But their initial reactions were extremely telling.

Aside from that, it’s just hilarious to imagine they might think that ‘doing some nice things’ might remove their moral or legal responsibilities to compensate their employees appropriately when firing them without notice. One of my players declined an offer to join a team — who subsequently qualified for the Kuala Lumpur Major — out of loyalty to Entity. Imagine a player sacrificing an opportunity in a tier 1 team for you, and then just casually kicking them to the curb.

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Deepak Ojha

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