The Controversy Behind Ohaiyo’s Departure From Fnatic

By Yue Lynn on Jan 15, 2018

Recently, shock waves can be felt across the local and international Dota 2 community when Fnatic announced that they are releasing the renown Ohaiyo from their Dota 2 roster. At the same time, Fnatic also revealed that veteran and established player Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora is joining the team after leaving “his long-time organisation, Evil Geniuses, at the end of 2017.”

The above screenshot shows Fnatic’s announcement regarding Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora inclusion into the team and Ohaiyo’s departure.

In the above screenshot, do note Patrik ‘cArn’ Sattermon, Fnatic’s Chief Gaming Officer’s comment (and people's response towards his comment) on the aforementioned announcement post. When the announcement was made, Ohaiyo also released his statement about it:

Meanwhile, in Fnatic’s announcement on their website, Adam "adam" Shah, Fnatic’s Head Coach had this to say:

“It is with a very sad heart that we say goodbye to Ohaiyo, he was amazing to work with. But, unfortunately, the way we understood Dota was different and increasingly forced him to play out of his comfort zone. I wish him nothing but the brightest future ahead.

“I would also like to welcome UNiVeRsE, who is new to playing in this region - I hope you'll feel comfortable here.

“Last - but not least - to the fans, we made every decision going forward concerning this with only one goal in mind: to be the very best. Thank you for continuing to support us.”

While the Dota 2 community were suspiciously puzzled over what really happened (after all, Ohaiyo is a prominent figure and original member of Fnatic with their ties going way back on top of the fact that Fnatic has also just qualified for the ESL One Katowice Major 2018), Ohaiyo releases a second more revealing statement that shed some light on the situation-slash-controversy:

Safe to say, this ‘scandal’ becomes a hot topic with Fnatic’s social media pages being flooded with a barrage of negative and less-than-polite comments from disgruntled fans as many believed that Ohaiyo was treated unfairly.

As of press time, Fnatic has yet to come up with an official statement aka their side of the story in regards to this controversy but it’s pretty obvious their reputation has taken a sharp nosedive. Though we do not know the whole story yet, things definitely look murky between Ohaiyo and his former team as the matter should be handled with more professionalism, dignity and respect between both parties, especially from Fnatic’s side. Optimistically, we hope things will work out for both Ohaiyo and Fnatic while at the same time, other esports teams and organisations should see this issue as an important lesson and reminder.

To read more about this controversy, click here.


It seems Ohaiyo may not be teamless for long...


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