.Now that Activision is changing the format of the Call of Duty World League (CWL) to a franchise-based format, uncertainty arises about the future of many players. Teams have decided not to gamble on the new format and will not compete in the upcoming season a la eUnited, 100 Thieves, and Optic Gaming. Many players have been open to leaving their current teams to compete in the 2020 season while others look towards the future. eUnited just came off two back to back titles to end the 2019 Call of Duty World League season. And much of it is due to Brice Faccento being placed as head coach back in April. As of September 1st, he decided to put down the coaching mantle and change gears to something different: the Bad Moon Talent esport agency.
@badmoontalent launched by esports industry veterans Andrew Drake & Brice Faccento#BadMoonRisinghttps://t.co/fqqDy25CQw pic.twitter.com/EOSfyXrqGP
— Bad Moon Talent (@badmoontalent) September 2, 2019
A duo interested in protecting players and broadcasters
Brice Faccento and Andrew Drake (previous stints with Activision, Blizzard, and MLG) have joined to create Bad Moon Talent. The new company is a management group for the best and brightest players and broadcasters in esports. Launching of this venture came on September 2nd, one day after Faccento announced his decision to put coaching behind him.
When asked about why his need for the venture is important, Faccento replied “Throughout my tenure as an esports professional, there has been a continual lack of proper representation for myself and my fellow colleagues. With the experience and expertise that my partner and I have acquired over years of being deeply embedded within the esports scene, Bad Moon Talent is here to fill that void.”
Furthermore, Bad Moon currently represents esports players in Call of Duty. However, he will look to jump into Overwatch and Fortnite according to their website. Notable Call of Duty players include Jordan “JKap” Kaplan, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, and Donovan “Temp” Laroda.
If any CDL teams are interested in acquiring me for the 2020 season please contact my management:
— 100T Enable (@Enable) September 2, 2019
A step in the right direction
Monumental for esports is an understatement when it comes to this venture. Many players negotiated their own contracts prior to the opening of Bad Moon Talent. Faccento is aware that third-party can try to take advantage of the situation and prevent opportunities to negotiate better contracts for players. In addition, Reports brought this to light with news about Denial Esports. Denial evidently owed their Call of Duty teams thousands of dollars from 2018-2019. Now, players have a chance at better representation and a better financial setup for themselves.
The future of esports is bright with Brice Faccento and Andrew Drake leading the charge. Along with the Esports Regulatory Congress convening later this month, industry talent will soon gain proper rights.
Credit to John Esposito
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