Outlaws and NRG in transfer dispute over CeRq

UltraPlay, the parent company of the esports team Outlaws, is currently in dispute with NRG over the transfer of Cvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian company, that found themselves on the other side of a contract dispute earlier this year, claims that the 17-year-old signed a contract with the North American team while still being under contract with Outlaws, and that no official player transfer happened between the two sides.

To address the matter, Outlaws sent out an open letter to major media outlets. In it, the Bulgarian side claims that after learning that NRG signed a contract with Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov, they approached the North American side to "potentially reach a transfer deal", but "were left without any meaningful response", which they believe "represents extreme lack of sports business ethics".

CeRq finds himself in the middle of a transfer dispute

Further on, UltraPlay go on to explain that they "have invested hundreds of thousands to develop and market [the team]", and that the recent occurrences not only bring financial losses to their company, but that they also have an overall negative impact on the development of the eSports ecosystem globally.

In the letter, UltraPlay state that esports should look up to professional sports for some good practices:

"If we want eSports to be recognized as professional sport, we have to integrate some good practices from traditional sports where regulation and transfer rights are already well-established and protecting both the player and the organization. Take for example football where part of the transfer money goes to the player’s first team as a reverence and recognition of its achievement from where it all started."

At the end, the Bulgarian side raised the following questions, addressing some of the stakeholders in the space directly:

"Question to ESL: Will you allow a player, who is on an active contract with team A (Outlaws) to play in the ESL Pro League NA for team B (NRG eSports)? Will you take certain measures to prevent this occurrence and set it as industry standard?"

"Question to WESA and ESIC: What kind of actions can be taken, and what is the general stance of your organizations when it comes to such wildly poor ethics and theft of players?"

"Question to NRG eSports: Coming from the traditional sports space with owning Sacramento Kings and understanding the basic principles of sports integrity and transfers procedures, what do you think is the most rightful way to proceed in this situation?"

HLTV.org have reached out to ESL for a comment on the case, but have not yet received an official response.

*UPDATE* NRG has announced that they will be releasing their response on the matter later today.

Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
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i lol'd
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NEO | 
Poland M41K3L
2017-08-22 12:04
Latvia dropp
omg i did it
2017-08-22 12:04
Germany Fanzy2
you didn't
2017-08-22 12:05
u didn't stfu
2017-08-22 12:05
Latvia dropp
2017-08-22 12:04
Malaysia phyzell
Round One: Fight!
2017-08-22 12:04
2017-08-22 12:04
who cares omg
2017-08-22 12:05
is it happen because he's from bulgaria?
2017-08-22 12:07
Xyp9x | 
Belgium rxnn
apparently you care because you are commenting
2017-08-22 12:12
stfu and go back to tengri
2017-08-22 12:12
2017-08-22 12:13
Xyp9x | 
Belgium rxnn
I need of glasses to, nice education bro
2017-08-22 12:13
shut up romania
2017-08-22 12:14
Xyp9x | 
Belgium rxnn
apparently also no maps in poormenia
2017-08-22 12:16
nt 3rd worlder
2017-08-22 12:15
Xyp9x | 
Belgium rxnn
Belgium > Armenia any day
2017-08-22 12:16
kqly rekted scream Armenia1:0Belgium
2017-08-22 12:16
Xyp9x | 
Belgium rxnn
bad bait Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian was a French professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and former Counter-Strike: Source player.
2017-08-22 12:19
fake baguette hovanes
2017-08-22 12:19
lol kqly is also armenian and speaks russian
2017-08-22 14:47
LUL Armenian calling a belgian a 3rd worlder HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH
2017-08-22 17:28
nice nickname
2017-08-22 18:04
Europe Skraj
Is this shit still going on?
2017-08-22 12:05
this kid again?
2017-08-22 12:05
Serbia lenj1vac
2017-08-22 12:05
Sweden crindz
bulgarian babyface makin em sweat ayay!
2017-08-22 12:06
The drama :) I love it. Maybe Outlaws had poorly written contracts and NRG took advantage of it. I don't see NRG taking the risk of being sued to death by the organization :)
2017-08-22 12:06
Malaysia phyzell
He's 17, considered under-age to make his own decisions in most countries. Can't have sex, can't go out late to party, obligated to wash the dishes after every dinner and vacuum the living room during the weekend. Parental-consent is needed to do the don'ts!
2017-08-22 12:10
2017-08-22 13:43
Can't have sex, you wot m8?
2017-08-22 18:53
Malaysia phyzell
For most countries, cash is king. Legal fees & fines generates profit to the system.
2017-08-23 00:48
spent hundreds of thousands... mistake #1 for noob org
2017-08-22 12:06
Malaysia phyzell
WTF IS HAPPENING? ultraplay.com/
2017-08-22 12:17
2017-08-22 15:12
Malaysia phyzell
Thanks m8! Cheers. :)
2017-08-23 00:49
same thought
2017-08-22 15:14
Well rip
2017-08-22 12:06
I think he will play for NRG at the end
2017-08-22 14:00
2017-08-22 12:07
Nifty | 
United Kingdom Hende
2017-08-22 12:07
" (ultraplay)have invested hundreds of thousands to develop and market [the team]", haha bs no way. they try straight up scam money from NA org with this
2017-08-22 12:07
Malaysia phyzell
+1. Entrapment
2017-08-22 12:28
Well, to be fair, they might've spent hundreds of thousands of monopoly currency.
2017-08-22 13:39
+1 hahahahahaa. then lost all when roll on enemy property and go jail
2017-08-22 13:40
Further on, UltraPlay go on to explain that they "have invested hundreds of thousands OF STOTINKA to develop and market [the team]" there I fixed it
2017-08-22 14:36
Portugal antCB
probably money laundry from their mafia. OH SHIT
2017-08-24 05:33
NRG Shit org?
2017-08-22 12:11
Denmark Phoey
Outlaws shit org. Did the exact same thing to Bpro when they got 2 new players themselves. 2faced shit org. Bann Outlaws.
2017-08-22 12:15
2017-08-22 13:16
is this happens..? xd
2017-08-22 12:15
2017-08-22 12:16
stop copying me biich
2017-08-22 12:16
Take mine
2017-08-22 16:32
Is this happens...?
2017-08-22 12:16
Are they seriously asking, what can be done for breach of contract? By all means make a press release stating what's happened, do not publicly ask the questions they have. They're supposed to be a professional organisation and have made themselves a laughing stock by having zero clue. If you can't find a resolution take it to court. Or don't write shit contacts.
2017-08-22 12:16
Resolution: 1280x1020 (4:3) stretched
2017-08-22 12:39
+1 Also interesting how they've invested hundreds of thousands in this team? I suppose they didn't have full time salary nor did Outlaws pay their living.
2017-08-22 12:45
They clearly know they've not got a leg to stand on, hence doing this publicly in the hope NRG don't call their bluff.
2017-08-22 12:52
Indeed, just taking it to the court would be safe and easy option if they were legit. Such an arrogant way to deal with this, hopefully all this organisation's matches will be further investigated because they really seem to be the ones with questionable ethics.
2017-08-22 13:10
so smart xD
2017-08-22 12:23
Bulgarian don't know shit about law and contracts
2017-08-22 12:24
expected from third world org
2017-08-22 12:27
Sweden Swedz
Gypsy bulgarians...
2017-08-22 12:31
I can buy this guy for 1000$. Who can give more?
2017-08-22 12:35
i give 5 öre.
2017-08-22 12:41
hes so fat lol lose some weight
2017-08-22 12:38
CeRq is Outlaws NRG is outlaw
2017-08-22 12:41
Well either iz OUTLAWS scamming again, or it was Cerq being dumb signing another contract while already having one.
2017-08-22 12:41
Better tell us how much money Outlaws want for this guy
2017-08-22 12:47
2017-08-22 12:48
>"have invested hundreds of thousands to develop and market [the team]" My sides, what a lie. They're just money hungry poortards. It does not say what currency, unsurprisingly. If they did actually invest a huge sum of money into this dumpster team, then it's their fault for being so idiotic. Also, who cares, this is tier 10 teams we're dealing with. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a joint effort between the player cerq and the org to scam and squeeze out money from these big orgs, basically, they laid out a trap and they fell for it, LUL.
2017-08-22 12:51
Or rather Outlaws contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on, leaving enough loopholes and breaches to terminate the existing contract. Outlaws haven't spent that amount of money, and they're contracts are shit, because they're now pubicly doing this in an attempt to intimidate NRG into action, hoping NRG won't call their bluff. Hundreds of thousands invested? This would be in court, not a statement seeking help from the community hahhaha
2017-08-22 12:56
Bulgaria RzE
Outlaws making exact same thing with niki1 and nk4u and they are crying now because they know CeRq is cash cow, but what goes around comes around.
2017-08-22 12:53
Maybe make CeRq's contract public, and see if he is still under contract. Why is this so hard again?
2017-08-22 12:58
cerq's major succes step1 learn turkish step2 join spaces step3 win major easily
2017-08-22 13:00
Bulgaria YellowStR
2017-08-22 13:23
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2017-08-22 18:54
Outlaws cant afford a legal dispute. This is as far as its going to go. They are hoping organizations like ESL to lean on NRG and force them to cough up money but i doubt they give a fuck.
2017-08-22 13:00
Bulgaria YellowStR
Why they cant afford
2017-08-22 13:22
Because they know they'd lose it and therefore pay the expenses
2017-08-22 13:55
Portugal dracø
Is this happens because they are from BULGARIA? Didn't this guys do the same thing a while ago? xD Get_karma bitches
2017-08-22 13:06
Bulgaria YellowStR
Yep they did
2017-08-22 13:22
"Further on, UltraPlay go on to explain that they "have invested hundreds of thousands to develop and market [the team]", and that the recent occurrences not only bring financial losses to their company, but that they also have an overall negative impact on the development of the eSports ecosystem globally." Sounds like bullshit to me, nobody really knows about Outlaws CS:GO team anyway so how could they spend hundreds of thousands on them in the first place? That team has no achievements.
2017-08-22 13:08
Bulgaria YellowStR
Well their manager said in previous interviews that they invest in a personal gear(PCs) for every player and maybe spent money for team traveling
2017-08-22 13:21
That's still no where near hundreds of thousands. Thing is, now if they take this to court (which they won't, because they don't have a case), that release and claim can (and will) be used against them.
2017-08-22 13:31
Bulgaria YellowStR
Do you remember how Outlaws got 2 Bpro players without paying an 1€ for the transfer? Karma :)
2017-08-22 13:14
They are just some greedy fucks
2017-08-22 15:10
Austria t47ED
so many csgo players cant read a contract before they sign?
2017-08-22 13:15
spending hundreds of thousands on a Tier 15 team i arent think that
2017-08-22 13:28
cry is free
2017-08-22 13:33
war is coming
2017-08-22 13:33
don't mess with Shaq
2017-08-22 13:39
Czech Republic efronek
Fuck off UltraPlay. Your player just didnt have proper contract and you want money for him, because you saw all the transfers (HObbit, STYKO, olofmeister, Zeus etc.) and want your piece too. Now you can cry, beg but will get shit, trust me. Amateurs. GL CeRq in NRG ;)
2017-08-22 13:54
"have invested hundreds of thousands to develop and market [the team]" what?
2017-08-22 13:59
Macau nawledge
LOL why doesnt NRG just buy him out?
2017-08-22 14:15
Malta NjiNjiNji
no (legit) contract -> no buyout
2017-08-22 15:13
everyone just knows this 3rd world organisation wants to milk money off NRG, just like earlier this year
2017-08-22 14:20
Because 1st world organisations dont need money, amirite?
2017-08-22 14:39
ofc they need money but they dont use dirty tricks to try and milk of others
2017-08-22 16:58
+1 Greedy fucks. Seeing their letters to others org makes me cringe lmfao
2017-08-22 15:09
Bulgaria BlindBG11
lol here we go again
2017-08-22 14:36
lets hope the cunt finds a barber
2017-08-22 14:41
cerQ is big talent i hope they sort it out..
2017-08-22 14:44
Outlaws crybabies they did the same shit with bpro 1 month ago Outlaws (ultraplay) probably asked shit ton of money for him Greedy fucks
2017-08-22 15:07
So u would just let a player like Cerq to go for no money? Yeah sure..
2017-08-22 15:51
they didnt even have proper contracts to sell him over lmfao
2017-08-22 19:22
Malta NjiNjiNji
Further on, UltraPlay go on to explain that they "have invested hundreds of thousands to develop and market [the team]" LMFAO shut the fuck up XD I doubt Outlaws' players had proper contracts in the first place and even if they did, their salary was probably like 100€. Yes, NRG is a bunch on imcompetent retards but I highly doubt they would just straight up steal a player if he actually had a contract.
2017-08-22 15:12
outlaws.gg/articles/news/gaming/15/open-.. Recently, one of our players, Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Mangalski mangalski = gypsy nice professionalism outlaws gyazo.com/85846255b8a36102e4a152db1615e8..
2017-08-22 15:15
Lost all respect I had for Outlaws!
2017-08-22 18:06
Bulgaria RzE
That's so fucking sad. CeRq was carrying them so hard and they have that attitude towards him. I hope CeRq will never play for Outlaws again.
2017-08-22 18:14
yeah he will be so good at NA that some of the best NA teams will pick him up, maybe liquid instead of bot jdm
2017-08-22 20:00
2017-08-22 18:23
He has been registered as Mangalski multiple places such as: assembly.org/winter17/news/csgo-teams-re..
2017-08-22 18:34
Bulgaria RzE
Their website. "Outlaws is a Bulgarian professional CS:GO team, founded in 2016 by UltraPlay - the leading esports data and platform provider. Presented by five CS:GO pro players - Ivan “Rock1nG” Stratiev, Teodor “Spellan))” Nikolov, Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, Nikola "NK4Y” Radushev and Nikolay “niki1” Pantaleev"
2017-08-22 20:10
Plot twist: CeRq's surname is Mangalski, not Dimitrov. Do you confirm?
2017-08-22 18:46
2017-08-22 18:57
2017-08-23 00:04
Lies from a $5 org xd
2017-08-22 15:18
Denmark Xipingu
STFU Outlaws. NRG doesn't steal, however, it seems to me you are lying. Especially with this "hundreds of thousands" nonsense you keep writing. Now I got a question for Outlaws: Where is the evidence for that claim? Nowhere to be seen in your statement, that is for sure.
2017-08-22 15:58
Here some inside info if someone is interested about this :D This is what you get Ultraplay/Outlaws when you are players have "civil contract - /google it"" and not a proper contract because you are so cheap that you don't want to pay extra to a player to sit out if they get benched or removed from the team not the case if they have a proper contract. Basically its a 30 day contact thats renewed each month and they pay less taxes to your country as well also. So yea they are a joke :D and this is making them even worse as an org. They have support platform control over some betting sites like ggbet aracanbet etc thats why they think they can do whatever they want with player rights as well. Read their reviews as a company on betting sites they are very shady.
2017-08-22 16:25
2017-08-22 16:46
fat little boy
2017-08-22 16:59
So pathetic :D
2017-08-22 17:19
cerq looks not good :S
2017-08-22 17:22
2017-08-22 17:24
Outlaws? The same company that was approaching other teams to try and throw matches for money?
2017-08-22 18:05
Ye,also which got 2 players from BPro and still hasnt paid for them
2017-08-22 19:18
nrg aint shit
2017-08-22 18:19
play like old ladys
2017-08-22 18:19
cerq too good for this shity team anyway
2017-08-22 18:19
The fact that they called him mangalski(gipsy) gyazo.com/85846255b8a36102e4a152db1615e8.. Outlaws lying :)
2017-08-22 18:29
How shitty does an org have to be to not spend a bit of money on a great lawyer to put their best player, that will eventually be bought by a better and wealthy org, under a decent contract with clear buyout clauses?
2017-08-22 18:31
gyazo.com/85846255b8a36102e4a152db1615e8.. Dude they literally called him a gipsy. This is so retarded I cant even believe it :D
2017-08-22 18:32
this is because we are from bulgaria
2017-08-22 18:55
Stop letting betting sites sponsor teams
2017-08-22 22:28
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