Joshua “m1cks” Micks has claimed that Valve will not be paying to send coaches to the Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament. According to the current head coach of Detonate, the company will only be covering the costs of sending five players to the upcoming RMR tournament. This decision means that coaches will be left out of the event, and teams will have to bear the cost of sending their coaches if they wish to bring them along.
This announcement has not been received well by the CS:GO community, with many expressing their disappointment and frustration under the Tweet.
“We are treated like garbage by the developer of the game to which I dedicated my life,” former Major winner Wilton “zews” Prado said in a statement.
Coaches play an integral role in the success of teams, and according to Micks, most tournaments pay for the cost of six people (five players + coach). He further stated that some tournaments also choose to pay for the manager as well.
A report from Dust2.us confirms that the information packets provided to all teams attending the BLAST.tv Paris Major Americas RMR states that coaches attending the RMR in Monterrey, Mexico may not have their costs covered by Valve.
“BLAST will provide and pay for accommodation, flights, visas and catering for the core 5 members of your roster,” the information packet reads, as per the report. “Any additional members including managers, substitutions or content staff flights and visas will be organised by BLAST at the expense of the team.”
It remains to be seen whether this decision will have a significant impact on the quality of the tournament.