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Gaming Gear Shop Owner Called Out for Sexist Comments About Women in Esports

Published: 9/Sep/2018 12:46

by Calum Patterson


The managing director and CEO of online store ‘Gaming Gear Shop’ has been called out on Twitter for a series of posts which claim women are not successful in esports because “being attractive and intelligent don’t apply.”

Esports is still an industry largely dominated by men, but there has been a push in recent years to promote more female players, casters and behind the scenes staff within esports.

But, Joshua Forbes, the CEO of Gaming Gear Shop, says that because men are simply better at “instinct, muscle memory and initiative”, they are by default better at playing competitive games.

His comments were shared to Twitter by Poppy Ingham, who herself is involved in esports through work with tournament organizer Gfinity.


But the comments made by Forbes didn’t stop there, as another used shared another of his lengthy posts, which claimed:

“women are not as skilful as men, because they don’t have the attributes in order to accrue the required level of talent to compete at the very top level.”

He even goes on to give the example of stone age hunting with spears, and that because you would rather a group of men with spears go hunting than a group of women with babies, men must therefore be better at esports.


Unsurprisingly, others didn’t exactly agree with Forbes’ ideas around women in esports.


Recently, more female players have been getting involved with esports and also receiving a share of the spotlight, but it remains unbalanced in favor of men. 

While it may be true that currently the very best players are male, many feel that this has more to do with lack of opportunity for women, rather than lack of skill.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.