Esports Community and Sexual Harassment: The Latest Issue

During the previous week, the esports community was shaken to its core after a flood of Twitter posts opens up an issue that seems to be unlikely to happen in a community composed mainly of geeks who share a strong love for a video game. However, it turns out that even the whole esports industry was also riled with problems about sexual harassment and misogynistic behavior were the usual victims are no other than the women within it.

The said issue was taken with serious attention and surprised after a Twitter post from Hollowtide hinting about a certain popular Destiny 2 player where she had some nasty experience. Later on, this anonymous gamer will soon be named as Lono (SayNoToRage) who also replied on his own Youtube account and admitted the said allegations. Hollowtide is not the only one who seems to have a nightmarish experience with Lono as more names open up about the said gamer/streamer inappropriate behaviors and indecent proposals to female gamers.

Hollowtide's confession leads other women to finally have the courage to open up and let the esports community that sexual harassment seems to be prevalent too in their close-knit community. This will later lead to the increase of #metoo post where female gamers, streamers, and shoutcasters share their harassment experience from the male members of their community which some of them are even traumatized from it.

Other streamers who wanted Twitch gaming platform to take a stand about the issue called out a "blackout" where they didn't post anything in the said platform for one whole day to urge Twitch to do something about their misbehaving streamers and gamers. The said act was fortunately heeded by the popular game/streaming platform as they take down several accounts of well-known gamers who have a record of sexual harassment and misconduct like iAmSp00n, Wolv21, BlessRNG, and more who are banned now totally from streaming Twitch. They also announced that they will investigate further the said cases for a possible authority intervention.

Facebook Gaming and Microsoft's Mixer has also done their part in investigating and banning other streamers that are involved in several allegations as of the moment. Later on, many game sponsors also pulled out from these streamers which also shows that they too also condemn the behaviors they are doing in the eSports community.

Among the biggest name that has been namedropped and found guilty of not one but multiple sexual misconducts is GranDGranT which is an infamous DOTA 2 gamer and shoutcaster which eventually banned from streaming. After a few days, another famous streamer DisRespect was also reported as being one of the new names that are included in the banned list of Twitch. The reason behind is still unknown but many speculate that this is also something to do with misbehavior.

With what happened lately in eSports, it seems the community would also want actively weed out its members that pose perils to everyone who just wanted to enjoy video games with a warm and friendly community. And everyone really appreciates what other streamers and game companies do to make eSports community a safe place for everyone.

If you wanted to know more about the list of streamers and gamers being banned from streaming, you can check out this link for your reference.