Follow-up on Arturo and Matcherino

Two weeks ago, I posted a blog that examined the outstanding claims made against longtime fighting game communities member Arturo “NYC_Furby” Sanchez regarding his sacking from eSports platform Matcherino for “mishandling prize pool funds.” Up to the time of that post and for several weeks afterwards, Matcherino had remained silent as allegations of theft ran rampant and a flow of receipts and evidence were released that ran counter to that narrative. In the interest of trying to decipher what was real and what was phony, I gathered up all the lingering threads and put them into one blog post. Ultimately, even my sewn-together post was not going to suffice until Matcherino or Arturo himself had more to say.

The silence has finally broken.

A few days ago, gaming and eSports news outlet theScore Esports released a video on their YouTube channel that was a follow-up to their previous video on the subject. In it, host Josh Bury breaks down the incident in great detail, punctuated by appearances from Brian Courtade, the Head of Product at Matcherino.

The video’s most valuable contribution is it establishes a firm timeline of events leading up to Arturo’s stream on January 3rd. Here’s that timeline in an abridged format:

  • From June 21, 2022 to September 27, 2022, a series of tournaments had Matcherino pots that were not dispersed by their admin, Arturo Sanchez, totalling near $6300
  • Matcherino is made aware by a tournament organizer on December 12, 2022, of the outstanding payments
  • On December 13, Matcherino CEO Grant Farwell calls Sanchez regarding the late payments, and Sanchez assures that he has the money to pay back. Also notes that he has been chipping away at payments for Defend the North and others in the meanwhile. 
  • Arturo is formally let go from Matcherino at some point before the 18th of December
  • On December 18 and 19, Farwell and Sanchez exchange texts, with Farwell urging Arturo to address the situation so it won’t be “a major blow up”
  • Between December 18 and 22, Farwell and Sanchez continue to discuss the matter over text message
  • On December 23, an email from Matcherino’s legal counsel was sent to Sanchez to serve as an official legal notice for remittance. The email was sent to an unused email address
  • Also on 23 December, Matcherino paid out the remaining discrepancies via the Matcherino website. This was money directly from Matcherino, with the expectation that they would be repaid by Sanchez.
  • On December 29, Sanchez sends $300 to Matcherino, the first of many payments he was to make to them
  • On December 30, Matcherino released their initial Twitter statement. 40 minutes after that post, after a call between Farwell and Sanchez, Sanchez sends $6300 via Paypal to Matcherino, and an additional $2500 later that same day. 
  • Also on 30 December, Sanchez posts a statement on his Twitter that was fact-checked by Farwell in advance. Farwell also forwards him the legal remittance request that was improperly sent to the wrong email address
  • On January 3, 2023, Arturo hosted a livestream to answer questions about the situation. During that stream, an employee of Matcherino suspended Sanchez’ main Matcherino account for unexplained reasons. Sanchez also sends another $400 to Matcherino, but this was not necessary and may have resulted from an accounting error

As of December 30, Sanchez had paid back everything that was owed to Matcherino, who had paid out the players owed money from prior tournaments. Those are the facts as we know them – they are not disputed by any party

As I too was using only what was publicly available, I understood when I wrote my blog it was certainly possible there could be future evidence that might disprove some of the things I wrote. As this saga has shown, transparency, honesty, and humility are somewhat lost nowadays, and so I believe that it is only right to acknowledge where I was wrong or have been corrected.

One of the claims I responded to was that Matcherino paid out of pocket to make up for Arturo’s late payments. I had said this was unproven, and there was no evidence that Matcherino paid with anything less than the money recovered from Arturo to use on the site.

Given the clear receipts shown in the thescore Esports video, this is actually a proven, true claim. 

The timeline above clearly states that the December 23 payment last year was, in fact, all done from Matcherino’s own funds, and they did not receive repayment of the funds Arturo had until the 30th. While they clearly had communicated with Arturo and there was a legal notice sent out the same day for his previously-agreed-upon remittance, the fact remains that my judgment of the claim in my prior blog post was incorrect. 

While the vast majority of my assessment of the claims was proven correct by thescore Esport’s video, I feel I should acknowledge where they weren’t as well. I’ll be adding a strikethrough of the incorrect text in my original blog, and making sure there is a link to the addendum posted at the top.

Now, back to what we learned recently.

If there was only a few takeaways one could take from this recent video, it’s probably three-fold:

  1. Matcherino is not interested in pursuing any claims beyond the already-addressed late payments
  2. Matcherino is only not allowing Arturo to organize through the platform – he may still participate in tournaments or stream tournaments that feature a Matcherino fundraiser
  3. The only reason Matcherino waited so long was because they were taken aback by the explosive allegations made in the wake of their announcement

That last one, I think, speaks to my argument at the end of my previous blog: claims made out of turn by uninvolved people not only hurt Arturo, but also contributed to the truth being set aside while nonsense was dealt with. It speaks to a far larger issue amongst the culture, but that’s a topic for another time. 






One response to “Follow-up on Arturo and Matcherino”

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    I appreciate the follow up and clarification based upon new information.

    We’ve heard both sides. I think we now have pretty clear vision of what happened from the evidence/undisputed facts at this point.

    I think it’s particularly important that Matcherino is saying they are not doing anything to ban him, prevent him from running tournaments, etc. If they are not taking further action, I do not think others should either. And while I can agree with being hesitant to let him handle money, I think that should be a fair compromise from Arturo’s perspective in order to regain his trust. It would probably be easier for him to get his work done properly if someone else handles money for him anyway. (Note: I’m not saying he shouldn’t be paid for his work, he deserves compensation, just that he shouldn’t be a secretary in charge of payouts for his own and everyone else’s peace of mind)

    With that said, I’m honestly a bit disappointed with the ongoing Art/Fanatiq vs Matcherino drama after this video. As mentioned, we have a clear picture of what happened. I don’t think further drama, ill will, or accusations is a good look for anyone, and could only cause harm to everyone involved.

    An example of this is the recent Fanatiq video, which I do not believe added anything significant in the defense of Art and seems primarily motivated by trying to paint Matcherino in a worse light. It disregards the original claims that the money didn’t come out of their pocket.

    The video is only resulting in cause harm for all. To be honest, It seems the evidence Fanatiq provides is actually a bit more incriminating against Art.. They flash by the evidence very fast, but I paused it and actually read what was said. Quote from Dec 20:

    “A lot of people want Matcherino to make a public statement but I realllllly dont want to. The thing with this is people will not care once they get paid… even if we cover this money you’ll need to legally repay Matcherino… and thats a best case scenario because ___ might not want us to cover anything”

    This shows they did not want to have to go public, and were trying to avoid it.

    It is also plainly stated there that they might not be allowed to cover ANY of it, and implied legal action if he does not. This line alone is very significant. I must emphasize this next sentence: ***If the money was actually available to pay back on the 20th, there would be no reason to get permission to cover anything***. This would not have been stated if he was offering to immediately pay the money back.

    In other words, this is quite significant evidence to back up that Arturo really did not have the money available to pay back at the time. I find it extremely ironic that this was presented in Arturo’s defense?

    We can also see they requested reimbursement from Arturo on the 22nd, meaning an email wouldn’t be necessary, as it was already communicated to him in writing. It also shows there was phone conversations on the 22nd as he was replying to things not stated in the text, so it doesn’t add up that he was unaware without receiving any email..

    Before watching Fanatiq’s video, I felt like this was finally over, the receipts all shown and nobody trying to ban or cause trouble for Arturo any further. But considering all I’d just mentioned, watching the video was very upsetting. From what we can see, Matcherino did have a valid reason to let Arturo go, and it more than a simple “targeted for putting money in his own account, they’re trying to ruin a man who did nothing wrong because he paid it back 40 minutes after he knew” situation that it’s still being painted out to be.

    I hope all parties involved will no longer bother with any back and forth. If anything else needs to be said, let’s just lay it out with evidence. The FGC doesn’t need any more drama outside of the gameplay.


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