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里克·福克斯分享关于争议的新细节,Echo Fox LCS战队的销售!|出海美国游戏岛群第13期

2019-08-05 21:55:21

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在过去的几个月里,电子竞技组Echo Fox因种族歧视和财务问题而备受争议。本周,联合创始人里克·福克斯参加了Richard Lewis的节目,最终解开了这场磨难的序幕,Echo Fox决定出售其在《英雄联盟》冠军系列赛中的位置。福克斯没有透露他们的销售提议是否已被Riot Games批准或否决。

 

福克斯表示,大约8个月前,他从股东Amit Raizada手中收购了Echo Fox的控股权。在这个过程中,他发现公司的财务状况非常“糟糕”。Raizada同意购买这笔债务,解除Echo Fox的租约,并将债务期限延长至2019年以后,让该公司得以恢复元气。

 

相反,福克斯宣称,Raizada秘密获得了这笔债务,改变了公司的经营协议,并立即“拿枪指着公司的头”,立即偿还债务。

 

在接受《上升者》采访时,Raizada声称福克斯只是想收购这家公司的股份,这样他就可以成为“关注的焦点”。Raizada称,福克斯支付了商定的1000万美元买价的一半,但他没有支付另一半,而是威胁要泄漏这封邮件,Raizada在邮件中称Echo Fox的联合创始人Jace Hall为“n-word”。但Raizada拒绝接受所谓的敲诈时,福克斯公司将邮件泄漏给了Dexerto。

 

在今年6月接受《电子竞技观察报》采访时,Echo Fox联合创始人Khalid Jones声称,该公司已经采取措施,在投诉被公开之前删除了Raizada。

 

失望之下,福克斯于4月宣布退出该公司,理由是上述种族主义言论对其家人的威胁。Raizada起初否认,但后来承认了发表种族主义言论,尽管他仍然否认做出任何威胁。

 

Raizada现在公开承认了这些种族主义言论,并将其归咎于霍尔损失1300万美元后爆发的“愤怒管理问题”,称霍尔不愿承担责任。

 

虽然福克斯最终决定留在公司,Riot Games发布了最后通牒,要求Echo Fox在60天内(6月15日起)撤掉Raizada。然而,随着最后期限的临近,福克斯解释说,驱逐这位股东和前朋友说起来容易做起来难。

 

他说:“我们总是回到Raizada把自己放在最顶端的情况。”

 

福克斯对Richard Lewis表示:“在每个转折点,当人们努力工作时……总会回到(Raizada)把自己至于事业顶峰的情况。任何通过公司流动的资金,他都会得到最大份额。”福克斯解释说,投资者不想把钱给一个“反犹太种族主义、自我交易、欺诈性的个人”,他援引了股东过去的一系列诉讼和法律麻烦。

 

Raizada声称,他和福克斯共同起草了运营协议,并向该公司的Kevin Hitt提供了一份据称是电子邮件证据的副本。这位电子竞技观察员向Hitt证实,他已经看到了最初的工作协议,以及它被更改为什么,该协议得到了Jones,Raizada的同意,并“由其他人签署”。

 

“(Fox)说我我把自己放在了堆栈的顶部,”Raizada对记者说。“事情不是这样的,当时的情况是,Echo Fox有600万美元的贷款,他们无力偿还这些贷款。根据Riot的许可协议,我们存在重大违约。”

 

Raizada解释说,如果没有Riot Games的事先批准,LCS特许经营权的所有者不能让出公司超过10%的股份。

“给他们想要的是我的责任。”

 

不管真正的原因是什么,7月15日到了,Raizada仍然被附属于Echo Fox。Riot将最后期限延长了一周(7天),并表示愿意协助拍卖团队的LCS时段。福克斯表示,投资者感到紧张,因为Riot将拥有最终决定权。与此同时,他认为拍卖将提高他们团队的LCS的价值,从长远看来,这将使所有队员受益。

 

据福克斯称,在此期间,Echo Fox收到了三份收购要约,其中一份来自洛杉矶角斗士所有者Kroenke Sports&Entertainment,据报道价格为3025万美元。最后,投资者向富克斯施压,要求其向Riot提交Kroenke的销售方案,他们在7月23日提交了该方案。

 

“对我来说,这很好,”福克斯补充说,他收到了大量来自推动这笔交易的律师的电子邮件。“给他们想要的是我的责任。这是以牺牲包括我在内的一些人的利益为代价的,但当你有这样一个清晰的沟通,你想做你的投资者想让你做的事情,你就去做。”

 

福克斯责怪自己在朋友的建议下接受了Raizada的帮助,而没有自己做研究。除了多起诉讼和一项攻击指控外,他还了解到,Raizada在1997年被控与另一名未成年人有非法性行为,Raizada称这是一起“认错人”案件。

 

福克斯在接受Richard Lewis的节目采访时说,他将从职业和个人两方面对Raizada提起法律诉讼。与此同时,他表示,Echo Fox的未来尚不确定,一旦出售完成,可能会包括重塑品牌。无论如何,福克斯决心留在电子竞技行业。

 

“我开始这样做是因为我爱我的儿子,我爱电子游戏,所以我不会停止。我哪儿也不去。”他说。

 

Echo Fox出售给Kroenke Sports&Entertainment的交易仍需得到LCS的批准。如果该提议被否决,Echo Fox已经同意LCS将接管该插槽的销售过程,目标是在2020年的赛季实现无缝过渡。

 

英文:

Rick Fox Shares New Details Regarding Controversy, Sale of Echo Fox LCS Franchise Slot

Over the past several months, esports organization Echo Fox as been the subject of controversy involving racism and financial trouble. Co-founder Rick Fox went on The Richard Lewis Show this week and finally opened up about the ordeal that ended with Echo Fox deciding to sell its slot in the League of Legends?Championship Series (LCS). Fox did not indicate whether their sales proposal had been approved or denied by Riot Games yet.

 

According to Fox, about eight months ago, he purchased a controlling interest in Echo Fox from shareholder Amit Raizada. During that process, he discovered that the company was in a very “distressed” financial situation. Raizada agreed to purchase the debt, release Echo Fox from its lease and extend the debt out beyond 2019 to allow the company to recover.

 

Instead, Fox alleges, Raizada secretly acquired the debt, changed the company’s operating agreement, and immediately “put a gun to the company’s head” to pay it back immediately.

 

In an interview with The Upcomer, Raizada claims that Fox only wanted to buy into the company so he could be the “center of attention.” Fox paid half the agreed buyout of $10M USD but rather than pay the second half, he threatened to leak the email in which Raizada called Echo Fox co-founder Jace Hall the n-word, Raizada claims. When Raizada refused to the alleged extortion, Fox supposedly leaked the email to Dexerto.

 

In a June interview with The Esports Observer, Echo Fox co-founder Khalid Jones claimed that the company was already taking steps to remove Raizada before the complaints were made public.

 

Frustrated, Fox announced his exit from the company in April, citing the aforementioned racist remarks and threats against his family. Raizada initially denied but later admitted to making the racist statements, although he still denies making any threats.

 

Raizada now openly admits to the racist remarks, blaming “anger management issues” that erupted when Hall lost $13M and wouldn’t take responsibility.

 

While Fox ultimately decided to stay with the company, Riot Games issued an ultimatum that required Echo Fox to remove Raizada within 60 days (June 15). As the deadline loomed, however, Fox explained that ousting the shareholder and former friend was easier said than done.

 

“..it always came back to the situation that [Raizada] had put himself in at the top of the stack.” 

 

“At every turn, when people did their diligence…it always came back to the situation that [Raizada] had put himself in at the top of the stack,” Fox told Richard Lewis.“Any money that flowed through the company, he would get the lion’s share.”

Investors did not want to give money to an “anti-semitic racist, self-dealing, fraudulent individual,” Fox explained, citing a slew of lawsuits and legal trouble in the shareholder’s past.

 

Raizada claims that he and Fox drew up the operating agreement together, and provided a copy of alleged email proof to The Upcomer’s Kevin Hitt. The Esports Observer confirmed with Hitt that he has seen the original working agreement, as well as what it was changed to, which was agreed to by Jones, Raizada, and “signed by everyone else.”

 

“[Fox] says I placed myself on top of the stack,” Raizada told The Upcomer. “That’s not what happened. What happened was Echo Fox had $6M in loans and they couldn’t afford to pay those loans back. And we were in material breach according to Riot’s licensing agreement.”

 

Raizada explained that owners of an LCS franchise slot cannot give away more than 10% of the company without prior approval from Riot Games.

“It was my duty to give them what they wanted. ”

 

Regardless of the true reason, July 15 arrived and Raizada was still attached to Echo Fox. Riot extended the deadline by a week (seven days) and offered to assist in the auction of the team’s LCS slot. Investors were nervous, Fox said, because Riot would have the final say. He, meanwhile, felt that an auction would bring the value of their team’s LCS slot up, which would benefit all teams in the long run.

 

Three purchase offers were posed to Echo Fox during this time, according to Fox, including one from Los Angeles Gladiators owner Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, for a reported $30.25M. In the end, investors pressured Fox to submit the Kroenke sales proposal to Riot, which they did on July 23.

 

“To me, that’s fine,” Fox said, adding that he got a “flood” of emails from lawyers pushing the deal. “It was my duty to give them what they wanted. It’s at the expense of some people including myself, but when you have a clear communication like that and you want to do what your investors want you to do, you do it.”

 

Fox blames himself for taking Raizada’s help at friends’ recommendations and not doing his own research. In addition to multiple lawsuits and an assault charge, he has since learned that Raizada was charged for unlawful sexual misconduct with a minor in 1997, to which Raizada claims was a case of “mistaken identity.”

 

During his interview with The Richard Lewis Show, Fox said he will pursue legal recourse against Raizada both professionally and personally. In the meantime, he said the future of Echo Fox is uncertain and may include rebranding once the sale is complete. Regardless, Fox is determined to remain in the esports industry.

 

“I started this because I love [my son] and I love video games so I’m not stopping that. I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

 

The Echo Fox sale to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment is still subject to approval by LCS. Should the proposal be rejected, Echo Fox has agreed that LCS will be taking over the sale process for the slot, with the goal of having a seamless transition for the 2020 season.

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