A high profile departure from TLR resulted in a formal inquiry regarding MYM's behavior, the move was blasted as a "blatant contradiction of G7 aims/goals" by the TLR management but the G7 ultimately sided with MYM. Craig Levine, the acting head of the G7 in 2008, stated that “open communication would have helped ease some of the unrest, but ultimately the decision was made by the players, who did not extend the professional courtesy" reaffirming the importance of having players contracted to "avoid these exact situations."
The teams results slumped in the online interval where a group stage exit in the Clanbase Eurocup highlighted the LAN centric nature of the team. Stevie 'stat' Szabo was removed but later reintroduced to the lineup after the team finished third at both a local UK LAN (SGL) and the iPOWER Games 2008, losing to the eventual winners on both occasions.
Mark Peter Fries, chief operations officer of MYM, explained the removal on the MYM website, “we only wish to feature top three teams and when a team is given the opportunity and tools to evolve into that and do not succeed after a decent amount of time, then they do not fit into our strategy.”
3rd SGL Summer Slam
3rd iPOWER Games 2008
5-6th Antwerp eSports Festival
3rd Multiplay i34
The team finished 5-6th at AEF, the most competitive competition ever to be held in CoD4 where they lost to eventual winners Team Pandemic in the upper bracket and Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket, who finished fourth.
Team EG would prove to be a thorn in MYM's side as the team narrowly lost in an epic encounter in the TEX upper bracket quarter finals, 17 – 19. Team EG would later go onto win the event but MYM were beaten by local rivals Reason Gaming in their first loser bracket match, falling to their worst ever LAN finish; 9-12th.
Tom 'D1ablo' Newman
Jason 'LoOkZor' O'Conner
Mark 'mark' Horner
Danny 'SoCLoN' O'Conner
Stevie 'stat' Szabo
The team were publicly under a lot of pressure both from the community, themselves and the high expectations of the MYM brand. A third place finish at i34, the least competitive summer LAN, went someway to fix the problem but “unfortunately the result comes too late”. The team faced Evil Geniuses at all three summer LAN's, only losing to two European opponents, where the North Americans along with Belgian LowLandLions, each won and finished second at one of the three events.
MYM have remained cryptic regarding whether they plan to look for a replacement squad.
- mymym.com [one article]
- SK-Gaming.com [multiple articles, columns and coverage]
- ESReality.com [one column]
- Crossfire.nu [multiple articles, columns and coverage]
eSports media achievements:
- Long-listed for eSports scene journalist Award 2008
- Nominated for best eSports coverage 2008 (SK)
- Nominated for best eSports coverage 2007 (SK)
- Published in Times Higher Education (THE); online and print.
- Long-listed for the Guardian's 2009 International Development Journalism competition; online.
- CGS European Qualifier and Draft
- Multiplay i31
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