| Tags: Fortnite
| Author Matt Pryor
Fortnite: Motor, Pr0v0kd and Verox Leave Fnatic
Another esports organization has lost some key players amidst a competitive Fortnite drought.
Competitive Fortnite is in flux and has been due to the lack of silence on the part of Epic Games. The year 2019 represented many milestones reached for the three-year-old Battle Royale title. However, the esports landscape for Fortnite is genuinely unknown at this moment. Over the last few months, many high-profile players have parted ways with their respective organizations. We can now add Derman “Motor” Özdemir, Theo “Pr0v0kd” Guillemenot and Jacob “Verox” Gilbert to that list.
Motor Bids Adieu
In a somewhat heated Tweet, Motor announced his parting of ways with his former organization, Fnatic. It appears the frustration lay on the side of Motor, who began his journey with Fnatic in November of 2018. His career included outstanding results in the Season X trios format. The context of the message by Motor is unclear, but he followed up his initial Tweet with one that provided a bit more information.
Fnatic didn't kick us because there was no "money". That message was for orgs paying people and kicking them as soon as they see no value in them. Fnatic had a different vision for Fortnite in 2018/2019. I loved a lot of people there but bussiness is bussiness.
— TUNDRA MOTOR🐻 (@MotorFN) February 14, 2020
Much like fellow successful organization Na’Vi, it feels as though Fnatic did not expect Fortnite to lack the organizational support that is common in other games. Unfortunately for Fnatic, Motor would not be the only player to leave amidst a strange time for competitive Fortnite.
Verox and Pr0v0kd Follow Suit
As my contract with @FNATIC is coming to an end i will be looking for new opportunities
I have enjoyed the stay and it has been a great opportunity but will be looking for a new home.
Any further questions or inquires contact me through dms.
Vouches and retweets appreciated♥️
— VEROX (@Veroxuk) February 14, 2020
In a more level-head Tweet, Verox announced that he is seeking opportunities elsewhere and will move on from Fnatic. After joining in April of 2019, Verox accomplished quite a lot, including impressive results in both FNCS tournaments and decent Solo Cash Cup results. He managed success despite competing against some of the absolute best in the European scene.
My contract with @FNATIC is coming to an end.
I have enjoyed my stay, but I will now be exploring other options for the future.
I will be looking for a new home, that are supportive, and wants to take the next step with me!
If you have any inquiries, contact @RonnieNau
— Theo «Pr0vokd» Laurent (@pr0vokd) February 14, 2020
Pr0v0kd completed the trifecta of departures with his Tweet around the same time as Motor and Verox. The young Norwegian player performed well during Season X and in the recent Fishy Cup duo tournaments. He joins his former organizational teammates in free agency after allowing their contracts to end with Fnatic.
Fnatic’s CEO Speaks Out
Guys we still massively believe in the potential of Fortnite competitive. But I'm not sure Epic always feels the same way. We speak with all publishers, work with them on driving esports. Epic doesnt feel it needs us. We're here, open, & ready to help drive @FortniteGame. Use us.
— Sam Mathews (@sammathews) February 14, 2020
Several hours after Verox, Motor and Pr0v0kd made their respective announcements, Sam Matthews of Fnatic spoke out in criticism of Epic Games. His Tweet points toward the previously mentioned fact that esports organizations constantly struggle to work with the Fortnite developers. This documented history dates back to the Fortnite World Cup, where the organizers limited players to how much they could represent their esports team. Epic Games has never shown interest in supporting organizations in Fortnite, and the trend of displeasure continues to grow. Whatever the case may be, Fnatic lost three talented players in the process who are now free to explore other options.
Photo Credit: Fnatic