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Super Smash Bros. Wii U players Jason “ANTi” Bates and Samual “Dabuz” Buzby have announced they are no longer with esports organization Dream Team just two months to the day after they were signed.
Earlier today, reports indicated the Smash 4 players weren’t getting paid on time by Dream Team, which led to the separation. However, Dream Team has refuted those reports. ANTi also claimed it was an amicable split.
Speaking with Yahoo Esports, Dream Team Founder Neil Bhasin called ANTi’s decision to part ways “mutual” and said there was no animosity between its former players and the organization.
“We had signed ANTi prior to his CEO win, salaries have changed vastly since then, it made sense for him to take a more lucrative offer,” Bhasin told Yahoo Esports. “We had picked up these players after the speculation of the Twitch / Nintendo circuit being announced [for Smash 4] very soon, without that it makes little sense for us to keep a Smash 4 roster.”
Bhasin confirmed a similar situation with Dabuz, in which he was also receiving a more lucrative offer and that it “made sense for both parties to part ways.”
Both ANTi and Dabuz were signed by Dream Team shortly before CEO 2016, where ANTi won the event and Dabuz came in third place. Coincidentally, they were both a part of an unusual moment when Dabuz called for a break in their match so he could refer to notes stored on a laptop.
Yahoo Esports has reached out to ANTi for comment.
The decision to cease operating in Smash 4 does not affect Dream Team’s lone Smash Melee player Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez, who declined to comment on the reports of late payment.
Recently, there’s been quite a bit of player movement among esports teams in Smash 4. Last week, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada left Team Liquid, Evo 2016 champion Elliot Bastion “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce joined Cloud9, and Denial eSports picked up Tyler “Marss” Martins.
Surprising absolutely no one, ANTi has allegedly received numerous offers from teams after his announcement.
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