"HyuN, Quantic's leading StarCraft 2 player, says he is owed $23,000, including prize money he won for the team. Team COO Bernie Catalan, who agreed to put the LoL players in his own home for three months leading up to the contest, is owed $4,000. John Clark, who spent much of last year working as marketing director for Quantic, never received a full paycheck and is owed $5,700. The list goes on. They all say the same thing. Boudreault was hard to reach even when the team was still in existence. Now he's just gone. All attempts to reach him are thwarted."
eSports still has that neon glow of a booming industry. "I want to say one word to you, just one," Mr. McGuire might say to Benjamin if The Graduate was filmed in 2014. "League." Simon Boudreault seemed to have had just that one word in mind when he took over flagging eSports team Quantic Gaming.
This Polygon feature by Colin Campbell explores the brief rise and fall of Boudreault, a well-to-do twenty-something who used his inheritance to buy an eSports team. It's easy to lose sight of the cold figures that drive the competitions but - just like any other professional sport - it's all about money. When Boudreault's money ran out, and his prized League of Legends team (scooped up from Korea to live in his COO's house) couldn't make it through qualifiers to win some much needed cash, it all came to a sad, deflated end.