It looks like ONIC PH is not going anywhere after all.
According to a representative from MPL Philippines, teams who acquired a franchise back in Season Eight are not allowed to transfer or sell their respective slots. Teams can only put their franchise up for grabs once a certain time frame of engagement has been reached.
“If a team decides to discontinue being part of the league, they cannot sell or transfer their slot,” the representative told Manila Bulletin’s Reynald Magallon.
“Teams commit to a certain time frame of engagement with the MPL PH league to help ensure stability and growth of stakeholders. After this period has passed, they are free to evaluate if it is in their best interest to remain in the league.”
A league insider told Tiebreaker Times that an organization that decides to put its franchise for sale will need the approval of all team owners.
“Hindi sila pwedeng mamili kung sino yung bibili ng slot nila. Maguusap ang team owners, then mag-bobotohan sila kung sino sa list of buyers yung makakakuha ng slot. So nakadepende siya sa stakeholders,” said the source.
The team’s status in the league has been the talk of the town after the organization released superstar Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol last Sunday.
A day after, the rumors were once again fueled by cryptic posts coming from the team’s remaining players in Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy, Gerald “Dlar” Trinchera, Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales, Marky “Markyyyyy” Capacio, and Nowee “Ryota” Macasa.
ONIC PH, has denied the rumors that the organization is selling its franchise. They also said that the team is in rebuilding mode, even bringing up possible tie-ups with other esports organizations.
Multiple sources closely monitoring the situation told Tiebreaker Times that the organization is planning to ship out the rest of its roster through a contract buyout.
This, according to both sources, triggered the posts last night and left the remaining players scrambling to find a team in time for Season 10.
The publication reached out to a couple of executives from different MPL teams to comment on the matter. While both gave slightly different takes, they eventually agreed on one thing, and one thing only – if the rumors are true that players are indeed looking for a new home, they’re already running out of time.
“Oo, buo na halos lahat [ng rosters]. Maaga kasing nagsimula lahat e. After nung Season Nine, nagbigay na ng deadline agad sa amin,” said an MPL PH team executive who requested anonymity.
“Madaming aasikasuhin na papeles, pero if may kumuha sa kanila this week it’s not too late. May chance pa. Pero if matatagalan pa, I doubt,” added another executive.