Florida Mayhem pro Adam ‘Adam’ Soong was released from the Overwatch team on June 15, the company announced via graphic. The player criticized the update saying that he was not informed about the move and that the announcement came out as if the organization was trying to hide it.
The Australian pro followed up the tweet by saying that he was on a plane on his way home after his release. He signed with the team on November 9, 2021.
“You guys didn’t have the respect to drop me off in person and now you’re trying to cover it up without a real announcement? Come on,” Adam said. Twitter.
The Florida Mayhem update also included the team’s flex support player Young-seo ‘KariV’ Park moving into an assistant coaching position and signing Rupal ‘Rupal’ Zaman to take his place.
You guys didn’t have the respect to drop me off in person and now you’re trying to cover it up without a real announcement? Let’s go…. https://t.co/TdS9zR8Hp5
— Adam (@AdamFromAus) June 15, 2022
“Following this signing, we have made the difficult decision to release Adam from his contract,” the announcement read. “We want to thank him for his contributions this season and wish him the best of luck. With KariV on our coaching staff, we are confident of signing another rookie talent and continuing to develop our backline.”
Adam only saw competitive play with the Mayhem once at OWL 2022 Kickoff Clash, when the team lost 1-3 to the Dallas Fuel, who finished as runners-up in the event. Other than that, the teenager was on the bench for most of his time with the team thanks to the appearance of regular starter Jeong-wan ‘SOMEONE’ Ham.
Florida Mayhem General Manager Responds
Regarding Adam’s release
— Albert Yeh (@yeHHH) June 15, 2022
After Adam aired his complaints online about how his situation was handled, the team’s general manager and president of gaming operations at Misfits Gaming, Albert Yeh responded to fans about the update.
said in a twitchlonger that the conversation about Adam’s pitch occurred on Discord and that he has always made player pitches in person when possible and that he “dropped the ball on this one.”
Yeh explained that the team thought they could find him a team, but eventually ran out of time and that the organization was trying something new with the ad as it involved three “moving pieces.”
“In hindsight, not having a dedicated launch post for Adam was definitely a mistake, and while it’s too late to change that, I’ll make sure to get it right in the future,” Yeh wrote.
Yeh went on to say that he spoke with Adam about the situation and how it was handled.
“We will be sure to correct our launch protocols in the future,” he wrote.