KEEMSTAR Responds To Criticism From OpTic Diesel on Friday Fortnite Tournament

Calum Patterson

A dispute has sparked on social media between two prominent gaming community figures, Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem and OpTic Gaming’s Mike “Diesel” Carr.

KEEMSTAR has been organizing and running a ‘Friday Fortnite’ tournament each week, inviting big name streamers and YouTubers to take part.

The tournament has been an instant success, drawing in millions of viewers and effectively bringing together the community for what is set to be a weekly tournament.

The tournament features some of the biggest names including many of Diesel’s fellow OpTic members Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, Seth “Scump” Abner, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop and Tyler “TeePee” Polchow.

However, Diesel hit out at KEEMSTAR personally on Twitter, suggesting he is not fit to be the ‘public face’ of the tournament because he is apparently ‘toxic’.

And Diesel did not stop there, going on to even call out some of his close friends for associating themselves with the tournament.

Big names such as TSM’s Ali “Myth” Kabbani, 100 Thieves’ owner and former OpTic member Matt “Nadeshot” Haag and 100 Thieves’ member Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff all take part in the tournament, and Diesel called them out particularly.

KEEMSTAR was quick to respond, questioning Diesel’s contribution to the community himself and saying no one “let him” run it, as he created it himself.

He also later responded with a video explaining his response in more detail.

I’m not going to lie dude, I’m triggered, I’m upset. I just woke up ten minutes ago and I see this Tweet from you, and I’m fucking beyond triggered.

For weeks, I’m sitting here, all day long focusing on this tournament making sure everything runs right. You have no idea the work that’s involved Mike.

You literally have to talk to everyone, you have to be on the phone all day, you have to be contacting people in the tournament, potential sponsors, I’m on the phone with UMG, I’m in meetings, someone has to change a teammate, I have to change the bracket.

There is so much involved in this, it has consumed my god damn life to create this. And I get this tweet from you, and I’m thinking to myself: ‘what the fuck do you do for the community?’

It drives me insane that you can have this opinion, and send this shade this way, when you do nothing. I want to know what you do for this community? Because I’m sitting here grinding, I’m sitting here working.

And do you know how much I get paid, for Friday Fortnite? Do you want to know how much money I make off doing this tournament? Nothing. Nothing. You want to know why I created it? Because I fucking love Fortnite and this community, we needed something like this.

So what do you do? Don’t fucking talk shit, without stepping to the plate.”

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