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Speedrunner claims he was kicked out of hotel at GDQ after being assaulted

Published: 27/Jun/2019 14:11 Updated: 27/Jun/2019 16:05

by Calum Patterson

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Speedrunning competitor Dr. Fatbody has claimed that he was forcibly removed from the hotel hosting the 2019 Summer Games Done Quick event, after he was the victim of a random violent assault.

Dr. Fatbody, real name Kevin, was in attendance at the SGDQ 2019 event in Bloomington, Minnesota, when he claims the random assailant “sucker punched” him eight times at the bar.

Hotel staff at the DoubleTree by Hilton had him removed, according to series of tweets posted by Dr. Fatbody on June 26, despite the event staff at GDQ apparently being on his “side”.

Summer Games Done Quick is one of the biggest speedrunning events of the year.

Making matters worse, Dr. Fatbody claims that the attacker was provided a shuttle to the airport rather than being arrested, while he, despite apparently being the victim of the assault, was simply kicked out.

Additionally, he alleges that the attacker was selling drugs on the premises, and shared a photo of two men, one of which he says was the perpetrator, although doesn’t make clear which of the two mean he is referring to.

Having reached out to both DoubleTree and Hilton Hotels on social media, Dr. Fatbody says that he was told because it is a ‘franchised’ establishment, the head office is unable to intervene in the matter.

Games Done Quick is a bi-annual charity event, where of a variety of games are completed in ‘speedruns’. The livestream of the event is massively popular on Twitch, and the organizers have raised over $17 million for good causes since its inception in 2010.

The event has not been void of controversy in the past though, with another speedrunner banned from the ‘Awesome Games Done Quick’ event in January, after allegations of sexual harassment.

On this occasion, it appears it is the hotel staff, rather than representatives from the GDQ team, that are responsible for what Dr. Fatbody claims to have happened. He has confirmed on Twitter that he enjoyed the event regardless, and he will be back next time too. Dexerto has reached out to both parties for comment.

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TikTokers Josh Richards & Griffin Johnson become Royal Ravens co-owners

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:00

by Albert Petrosyan

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TikTok superstars and original members of the Sway House, Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson, have become investors in ReKTGlobal, the parent company of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens franchise and Rogue.

The news was announced on December 1 as two of the biggest names on TikTok have officially become co-owners of the London Royal Ravens and Rogue of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

“Griffin and Josh have uniquely captured the attention of Generation Z and beyond, and their influence is undeniable. They are both incredible additions to the ReKTGlobal ownership team,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “They have strong business instincts, a unique talent for developing viral content, and an understanding of how to connect with younger audiences and casual gamers.”

Combined, Richards (23.4M) and Johnson (9.8M) boast over 33 million followers on TikTok as well as similarly huge numbers on most main social media platforms. ReKTGlobal envisions their massive online presence will play a key role as the pair will develop new content, merchandise collaborations, and promotions with the Royal Ravens and Rogue.

Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson join ReKTGlobal
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Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson repping merch from the teams they now co-own.

“They are natural-born hustlers and have leveraged their TikTok fame to step into acting and music, becoming entrepreneurs and investors in the process,” Bialek added. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to the ReKTGlobal family as we continue to bridge the gap between the world of esports, entertainment and pop culture.”

Griffin Johnson shared similar sentiments as the news of their investment became public, having roots as an avid gamer and Call of Duty fan.

“The fact that I can now say I own a part of London Royal Ravens and Team Rogue is unbelievably surreal,” he said. “I am thankful to Dave and Amish for allowing me into the ReKTGlobal family with open arms. Can’t wait to get to work and help bridge the gap between traditional social media and esports.”

ReKTGlobal is a huge esports org
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ReKTGlobal’s reach and presence in esports is massive.

As for Josh Richards, this isn’t the first time he’s been involved with ReKTGlobal; in May 2020, his creator management company, TalentX Entertainment, embarked on a joint venture with ReKTGlobal called TalentX Gaming, a talent management company with a focus on gaming and esports athletes and content creators.

“Coming on as an investor to ReKTGlobal was genuinely a no-brainer,” he commented. “After a few meetings with the C-suite at ReKTGlobal, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.”

The TikTok megastars are the latest in a long list of celebrity figures who have joined ReKTGlobal as investors, including legendary DJ Steve Aoki, Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, international producer Nicky Romero, NBA defensive star Rudy Gobert, NFL player Landon Collins, and, most recently, star YouTuber Vikkstar.