We sat down with SK Gaming managing director Alexander "TheSlaSH" Müller and discussed with the German chief the details surrounding the transfer of Marcus "Delpan" Larsson.
SK Gaming and fnatic were yesterday involved in a war of words, with the former issuing a statement to announce Larsson had signed for them, prompting a response by fnatic in which they declared the player was still legally tied to them.
fnatic business development manager Neil Kirk was very critical of the whole situation, tweeting that SK had acted unprofessionally by not even contacting the other side, to which Müller replied: "could not care less TBH [to be honest]".
With both teams stating Larsson is in their ranks, we contacted Müller to find out this situation is developing.
fnatic released last night a statement saying that Delpan had not yet been released. What is the current situation of the player? Is he still tied to fnatic with a contract?
First and foremost, this is a question only Marcus and fnatic can answer. From our point of view, we have worked out a deal with Marcus and in order for him to focus on his new team, we want him to have no problems whatsoever. So we told Fnatic that we are interested in looking at a "buy-out" situation. Interesting is though that the situation is similar to what happened less than 12 months ago, only this time it is the other way around. Back then, fnatic refused to accept that Rasmus was in a legally binding contract with SK.
It is good to see fnatic insisting on contracts between organizations and players to be respected again and I can only hope they will argue the same way when they are approaching a player in the future, regardless for which team he is playing. Anyway, the team wanted Delpan, we negotiated, the player wants to make the move and we are willing to buy him out of a contract between Fnatic and Marcus, it is that simple.
But fnatic said Gux was not contracted to SK...
We did release the photo of the signed contract. How can you say he was not signed?
You tweeted last night that you "could not care less" about Delpan's contract with fnatic or negotiations with that organisation. What was the reason for this?
My tweet was directed to @fnatickboy who appears to be Neil Kirk, who said I did not have the balls to do this or that. You will understand that this is something I really don't care about. If he thinks so, so be it. Again, less than 12 months ago, it wasn't Fnatic that came to SK and said "Hey, Rasmus wants to switch teams, we are sorry we approached him directly at ESWC after a poor performance, but this is how it is, how can we solve it?" How do you think we should look at fnatic as an organization after what happened?
I said it out loud, unless they respect our work and that includes our contracts with players, they can't put themselves on moral highground and ask for our respect now, can they? Now fnatic even goes as far as taking it to G7, the very same thing that happened with Rasmus and the ruling was clear, Fnatic was wrong. Now the same organization that did not accept their wrong goes out and wants help from G7? I understand that most of the community don't have all arguments on the table and get very emotional. That's part of eSport, but some things are just too obvious not to be seen.
Within the Swedish scene players talk to each other a lot and it happens that a player is being approached that is contracted to another team. Happened to us, happened to others, will happen in the future. Let's get over it and work things out.
Don't you think that you were a bit out of line in your tweet against Neil Kirk? Many looked at it as if you didn't care about other organisations' contracts.
I think you are getting me wrong at this point. I am not disrespectful towards other organizations contracts at all. I was referring to his wording towards me not having balls, that's it. SK has bought players from a lot of other organizations in the past. Sometimes it was quick and easy, sometimes it was tough and rough, but it was always one team paying money, getting a player for it and another team releasing a player and getting money for it. The only situation in 14 years of eSports, where misunderstandings seemed to happen was with GuX. For Marcus, we are discussing a transfer fee with Fnatic at the moment.
After some time with dennis, SK decided to let him go. Why?
The whole process of getting a team together is complex. You build a team around a core of players. A captain, some strong players and so on. Having a five guys line-up sometimes takes a lot of time. In our case it is a discussion within the team in the first place, then with Anton and with SK in a second step. Dennis was brought up from within the team and he played solid. He is a great guy and he will go his way, we are quite sure of that and maybe at some point we will end up together again, you never know in eSport. But for where the team is right now and what goals the team has, they need something else from a player, something Dennis would need more time to learn than probably Marcus. Of course the AWP situation is a good point here. We want to lift weight from RobbaN. Marcus is really good at that, so he fits the profile nearly perfect. We are not making a call against Dennis at all, he is a great player, but the team and everyone else involved strongly believes that Marcus fits our exact needs better than Dennis does.