Former Noble partnership manager accuses org of not paying staff, players and T-Pain
Noble esports allegedly hasn't been paying its employees
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Former Noble partnership manager accuses org of not paying staff, players and T-Pain

The organization's Twitter account has since been deleted
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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.

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In a farewell statement, which included thanks to fellow staff members and players, Goodman saved the owner of the organization, who bought Noble in 2020, for last.

“Kyle… McDougal… thank you for being the reason why anyone on Noble would ever leave,” Goodman wrote.

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.

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.”

During the ordeal, former and current employees of Noble’s esports division spoke up online about their experiences within the organization.

Other staff members, like Noble’s CMO and Talent manager Theresa “Fogibear” Foessel, have announced their departure from the organization as well.

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.

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Declan McLaughlin
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.