June 30, 2015
I have a hard time believing in the justice system for a lot of reasons,
I’ve been in court about twenty times for reasons as simple as being friends with someone I knew since my childhood. I also grew up in a place where you don’t involve the police when you have problems and rather have someone respected by both sides mediate, or you simply sit down and solve the problem face to face. I can proudly say I’m one of the few guys that made it out and had a clean slate, I never did something to someone who did not absolutely deserve the consequences of his actions and despite not having much use for the justice system or police I always respected the job and the people who are in that line of work, which is mostly underpaid, undervalued by today’s society and a very honorable profession.
The concept of having a lawyer or hiring a team of them to fight your fights for you has always been confusing for me, but when I started my professional career, I learned pretty quickly that they are an invaluable resource you need to have. I trust my lawyer with my life for more than twelve years now. I still try to sit down and solve problems face to face when possible, but like my business partner keeps saying it’s easier to negotiate anything with a loaded gun in your hand than without it. The loaded gun being a lawyer before you get me wrong.
So when my doorbell rang yesterday evening, and my attorney stood there with a smile on his face and a bottle of wine, I knew he brought good news. As you remember one of the companies I mentioned in my Doping in eSports article tried to have the post removed and sue me for damages they pulled out of their magic hat.
It was really sad that the CEO of said company is someone I worked with before, giving me a call or a statement would have been a proper first step and I would have included that in the article because I don’t only believe that I have a right to say what I saw and know, but everybody that feels attacked has the right to answer to the allegations, so if you feel that I am wrong in saying that your company does absolutely nothing to prevent substance abuse in your tournaments, just write me a mail and I’ll include your statement in the post or remove and apologize for the part where I’m absolutely wrong if I’m in fact wrong with what I wrote.
But only a man without a spine sends his legal team in before even trying to make contact, even if it’s just a two minutes call or a two-liner mail asking me to get in touch with you.
So after a lot of back and forth between the lawyers we settled out of court. The article stays, it’s not getting changed one bit. All charges are dropped, and every side pays its expenses. I’m now entitled to write a lengthy article about why I got sued and by whom and what I think about it. But I won’t do that either. Not because the settlement included to keep quiet, it didn’t, but because I do solve problems on a personal level rather than put oil into the fire and see the lawyers play with matches again.
This whole thing boiled down to a very specific point.
Can I proof that Doping in eSports exists at all? The simple answer is yes and no.
Yes, I could, but that meant ruining peoples life. People that know me and trusted me with how they felt and their concerns about “having” to dope to make their organization happy or provide for their family. I’d never betray someone who trusts me like that. If you read the other articles on the topic you know that there is a lot of proof. I encouraged journalists to dive deep and build trust with cyber athletes, and they found people willing to talk. In my article, I encourage everyone openly not to take what I say for granted but do your research. Like in most things you can only find truth in something if you look at it open-minded yourself instead of having others force their “opinion” or “facts” on you.
Unfortunately, I had to agree that I’m not publishing the second version of Doping in eSports in its current form. It adds a lot of scientific weight to the discussion, but I also didn’t spare the companies that are still not enforcing any rules, and it includes video footage of a leading Neuroscientist and a Doctor specialized in treating drug addicts who are analyzing different players on certain events in relation to showing symptoms of PED / Substance abuse. And why a little lawsuit here and there doesn’t bankrupt me, this blog has and will never have any advertisement, and I rather spend my hard earned money on a family vacation than on lawyer fees ( Sorry Thomas! ). So I had to make a compromise everyone can live with.
The main problem with V2 is that I don’t own the IP for said footage because it comes directly from tournament organizers who are refusing to have this published for obvious reasons.
The solution, I’m taking my time to travel to eSports events myself over the next twelve months and will be recording the footage myself. I’m busy with my real job so I’ll not try to tell you Doping in eSports V2 is coming out soon(ish). It might take a whole year, and I’m even thinking about making a documentary out of this. Good things take time and eSports, nor the topic is going to run away.
I know this is another lengthy blog post but thank you for staying with me and all the encouraging emails I got over the past six months to keep going and that the topic is quite important for a healthy development of eSports in the next ten years.
Thanks for your time,
Personal blog of Bjoern Franzen
Marketer, eSport consultant and Developer