Streaming company Azubu has come under fire this morning as it’s been revealed by PVPLive that they have failed to pay streamers for three months, if not longer.
A representative of an eastern hemisphere team provided transcripts of a conversation with one of Azubu’s regional partnership managers – admitting the following:
- Azubu has repeatedly failed to secure expected funding in 2016.
- Payments made after securing funding were made in preference to “bigger” streamers. Smaller streamers with an unpaid backlog were deliberately ignored.
- Investments in developing markets from Azubu have not worked out as expected, forcing withdrawal from such territories.
According to PVPLive, this is a sentiment echoed by a Brazilian source. Even some of the biggest streamers have seen delays of two months or more and Azubu have stayed silent when those streamers have enquired.
@BlakeBottrill they never paid RGN so the tourney we won from them like 8 months ago never paid us and RGN folded. So par for the course
— Bad Hombre Lazer (@Lazerchickenzzz) November 28, 2016
Azubu has had a track record of failing to provide payment, with “LazerChicken”, co-founder of Splyce confirming they were never paid for a tournament they competed in as long as eight months ago.
Esports Insider says: It looks like it could just be a matter of time before another streaming platform falls at the wayside. I struggle to see who will continue to use Azubu if their track record is simply appalling in providing payments. Competing with Twitch has seen many a company struggle and this is no different.