Synergy League – A scam ?

Synergy League – A scam ?

Synergy League – A scam ?

Comments 📅28 February 2015, 23:41

The painful three-month wait for a major Dota 2 tournament in Russia may have been in vain for Malaysia team Invasion eSports after it was revealed that the organisers of Synergy League may have absconded from their commitment to host the international competition.

After spending some RM5,000 securing Visas and flight tickets to Russia, the country’s top team may never get to compete in the tournament after it was claimed that Synergy League would not take place at all.

According to a Reddit post by the manager of one of the participating teams, Aftershock Gaming, several teams had failed to receive their promised flight refunds after the tournament organisers decided to delay the tournament until 2015.

However, a quick check revealed that the Synergy League website has been taken down and the new date for the tournament, scheduled to be held at Zorya Stadium in Russia, has not been announced until today.

According to the Reddit post, Aftershock Gaming failed to contact the tournament organisers despite trying for three weeks, and that Synergy League had lost its main sponsors due to “economic troubles”.

To make matters worse, Dota 2 personality Cyborgmatt (Matthew Bailey) claimed on Twitter recently that the Synergy League administrators may have absconded with the prize money collected from the public via crowdfunded ticket sales ($8,524) on DotaTV.

In November last year,  Synergy League’s LAN finals were called off until January 2015 due to” political unrest and other logistical issues”.

Malaysia’s Invasion eSports had chosen to participate in the Russian event, despite qualifying for the Mineski Pro Gaming League (MPGL). However, both events were held on the same date which is from the 29th to the 30th of November.

Due to this predicament, the team had to give up one of the event and they decided to give up their slot in MPGL to MVP.Hot6ix and thus are no longer eligible for the event. Aside from the time wasted on preparing for the event, the team suffered some major financial loses as they had to spend upwards of RM5,000 on Russian visas alone not to mention other expenses such as flights and accommodation.

The tournament cancellation, should it be confirmed, will not bode well for the Dota 2 competitive scene in the CIS region, and SEA’s biggest victim, Invasion eSports will have its work cut out trying to absorb the financial losses incurred during the whole fiasco.


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Adrian "La_DottA" Lai has been involved in the Dota community since he became an administrator for Garena Malaysia in 2006. After two years, he ventured into the world of eSports journalism by becoming a rookie writer for now-defunct website Meet Your Makers. Following a year-long stint, he was invited to writer at various eSports news sites, most notable GosuGamers and joinDOTA. He currently works as a journalist for Malaysian national newspaper New Straits Times, where he writes political news on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter @LaiAdrian and Facebook: