DOTA 2 WRAP UP
June 8th, 2020
A Conflict of InterestDefinition
A conflict of interest is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial or otherwise, and serving one interest could involve working against another. Typically, this relates to situations in which the personal interest of an individual or organization might adversely affect a duty owed to make decisions for the benefit of a third party.
In the eyes of Tournament Organizers, including Valve, the existence of the conflict of interest lies at the organizational level, or the distribution of salaries, resources, and financial stakes. As a player, if you are a part owner of one team but play for another, conflict of interest. Also, if you are a team with the same parent company as another team, conflict of interest.
Having worked in several marketing agencies, the same issue would arise when competitors within an industry both became clients of the same agency. The agency would then create a separate identity, with “minimal” sharing of resources. The financial gains from both companies doing successful would always end up in the same place, with the stakeholders.
Luckily, blood is not very thick when conflict of interest is at play. The idea of siblings competing has never been a conflict of interest because they are separate entities, with their parents, not parent companies, connecting them. Some may argue that if the siblings are under 18, then the parents are effectively the parenting company. Either way, keeping it in the family is always a safe bet.
Sponsorships are also a great way around this ruling. Create a firm that is one step away from being a parent company. This organization, much like an advertising agency, could have clients looking to get into esports, and have teams who are looking for funding. Matching them up will not create a conflict of interest as the teams themselves have no direct connection.
The last, and best loophole is to have your romantic/life partner be the liaison for the conflict of interest. One would still be able to profit from the success of a competing team without having to worry about tournament organizers jumping down your throats. After all, tournament organizers can be rest assured that couples will take the proper precautions to ensure business is kept out of the bedroom, especially during the quarantine/work from home state we are in right now.