Australian esports organisation Tainted Minds has been thrown into turmoil this week, with most of its League of Legends team leaving (or being fired) for as-yet unknown reasons.

Tristan "Cake" Côté-Lalumière, Ryan "ShorterACE" Nget, Aaron "ChuChuZ" Bland, and Andrew "Rosey" Rose have all tweeted their new free agent status, leaving Mark "Praedyth" Lewis the only starting player still possibly with the organisation.

Tainted Minds LoL coach Nick Inero and team manager "Fasffy" have also left the organisation.

It isn't clear what caused the exodus, but we do know lawyers are involved.




There are clues on Twitter. Tainted Minds digital marketing manager Joshua Harvey tweeted that "People should look up the definition of a contract", and responded to the question "Someone been naughty?" with "You bet!".

There also appears to be some bad blood between the organisation and at least some of its now-former players.

"Thanks to those coming forward and telling me who is spreading rumors behind the scenes, not surprised who they are," Harvey later added.

Departing coach Nick Inero paid tribute to the team in a series of tweets.

"Despite everything, this was still the first time I've had a fun time working as a team of 7, not 6," he wrote.

"It's very hard to find people that all seem to have the same level of passion towards the same thing, and I'm glad I was apart [sic] of it.

"I'm very fortunate to have experience with this entire process. Best of luck to TaintedMinds in the rest of the split. I know [remaining player] Mark can carry," he added.

"I think everyone should always be very careful with what they say and who they direct things towards. Always double check yourself."

The split leaves Tainted Minds in an awkward spot in the Oceanic Pro League, where it is currently tied for fifth place with Sin Gaming.

Tainted Minds founder and CEO Nick Bobir is yet to respond to our inquiries, but an official announcement from the organisation seems imminent.

The reaction from around the esports world has been one of shock.

"Can I be the first to say *clears throat* Woaah mama," tweeted League of Legends OPL host Michael "Hingers" Hing.