Phil "The Thrill" Haller released by S2Games
In a shocking move earlier today, S2 games has chosen to fire one of their most well-known employees Phil Haller. Phil was in charge of the recent DreamHoN tournament at Dreamhack Summer, as well as the past DreamHoN Online Summer Championship and the upcoming DreamHoN: Redemption tournament.
Thus far the reasons for his release are purely speculative, although this statement was made by Pu "Diva" Liu shortly after the news broke:
Many competitors do not know what to make of this development, especially since it occurred not only on a Wednesday, but also in the middle of one of the crucial dreamhack qualifier tournaments that Phil himself announced and administrated.
Some, such as Jascha "Nova" Markuse and Alex "Sender" Wieker had their own opinions to offer -
Thank you, Phil.
Good luck, Sam.” - Nova
Many competitors are fearful of what this could mean for the rumored and long-awaited HoNTour - S2's fabled tournament that would put the game on the same level as the other more-popular MOBAs League of Legends and Dota 2. When questioned further about the reasoning behind Phil's release and what this development could mean for the future of HoNTour, Diva again was able to provide comment -
Phil was a personal friend to many competitors, including myself, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Many consider him to have a large role in the growth of Heroes of Newerth's visibility in the e-sports world and with his removal the future of HoN's competitive circuit fades back into uncertainty. I speak for the community when I say we extremely appreciate not only the large amount of work and dedication he has put in to help put HoN back on the map, but also his extensive efforts to always remain accessible to the community, even when he was off the clock.
Thanks again Phil. We'll miss you.
HoN Forums - Diva's Announcement