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Noble, an esports organization with teams and players in Apex Legends, Rocket League, Fortnite and more deleted its Twitter account hours after the organization’s former partnership manager, Dan Goodman, accused it and its owner, Kyle McDougal, of not paying certain staff members, players and the rapper T-Pain.
“Kyle… McDougal… thank you for being the reason why anyone on Noble would ever leave,” Goodman wrote.
A Noble Farewell. pic.twitter.com/EshK2lfceT
— Danny (@Dizbog) February 7, 2022
After saying that the owner was disrespectful and immature to staff members and had fallen into the wrong crowd with Non-Fungible Tokens, he accused him of not paying multiple people.
“What upsets me the most is how you parade around being the Nobility man everyone sees you as, you have people who bought our merchandise, yet the designer who spent two months of their lives working on… unpaid,” he said. “You have players, staff and even achieved having ‘T-Pain”‘ represent us in some of the most horrendously broadcasted ‘Nobility’ tournaments… unpaid. These are real people who played for, streamed for, managed for, and represented for… Noble. Pay. Them. Back.”
Shortly after this, the official Noble Twitter account posted a now deleted-tweet, screenshotted by Jake Lucky, in which they said they would not be working until they received all of their payment from their contracts.
It seems the Esports Team known as @NobleGG is having some payment issues when their social team slips this through LOL
*tweet now deleted* pic.twitter.com/NIhu9UmHcI
— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) February 7, 2022
The Twitter account was deactivated hours later, with McDougal issuing a statement early Tuesday about the payment issues. The complications, he said, arose from the organization transitioning from using PayPal to pay staff to doing so through an account that was also used for Noble’s cryptocurrency outfit.
“The problems continued, forcing me to deal directly with the bank offline so I could manually push payments through,” McDougal claimed in a statement. “Working off several Excel worksheets, there were individuals who were lost in the process.”
Statement from Owner Kyle McDougal pic.twitter.com/KGVnoiUvN3
— Noble (@NobleGG) February 8, 2022
During the ordeal, former and current employees of Noble’s esports division spoke up online about their experiences within the organization.
i was said designer who still hasn't been paid for doing their merch btw https://t.co/Yb4ySjv6cf
— jaida (@anarchyasf) February 7, 2022
👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼This the owner has literally been the TL liking and commenting and ignoring my dms shits really fucking pathetic. https://t.co/jqKtsDZ9qK
— Toti (@TotiDGAF) February 7, 2022
I worked at Noble 6 months ago and received late payments and was told "dirty laundry" could do my job better than I could. I never went public bc I was afraid it would impact my ability to get another job in the scene.
A month after I joined Mayhem and then Nyxl. https://t.co/XAisjjhYLe
— haley (@nyxlsecret) February 8, 2022
Other staff members, like Noble’s CMO and Talent manager Theresa “Fogibear” Foessel, have announced their departure from the organization as well.
With that being said, I think its safe to say I'm officially no longer with Noble, so if anyone would like to save me from unemployment and help me pay my rent I am looking for job opportunities 😌 DMs are open! twitter, discord: fogi#7707, email: [email protected]
— fogi (@fogiibear) February 8, 2022
What the Noble esports owner is doing right now
From what Goodman has implied, McDougal has been more concerned with his current NFT and crypto currency endeavors than his esports organization, on top of not paying staff and players. He launched his own BSC cryptocurrency token called Nobility, named after the esports organization, and has used it for prize pools in the organizations own tournaments, including the Overcooked tournament T-Pain promoted on his own Twitter.
According to the cryptocurrency website, the only overlap in staff between it and the esports side is McDougal and CEO Cory “Fenix” Carruth.
Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.