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League of Legends World Championship commentators face backlash for supposed North American bias

Published: 16/Oct/2018 19:09

by Joe O'Brien

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League of Legends casters and analysts have faced backlash over perceived bias at the World Championship.

A back-and-forth has been occurring between Worlds talent and League of Legends fans, with several of the former accused of favoring the North American teams in their analysis.

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The sentiment with some fans, which had been growing from the play-in stage through to the main event, seemed to come to a head following a match between G2 Esports and Flash Wolves, in which G2 were victorious.

After the win, however, many European fans were critical of the post-match analysis, which they saw as underplaying G2’s achievement by focusing on Flash Wolves’ shortcomings. Comparatively, they claimed, the accomplishments and virtues of North American teams have received more attention than their EU counterparts.

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The backlash was only heightened, however, after commentator Mark ‘MarkZ’ Zimmerman hit back at European fans on talk show Hotline League for their criticism.

“Raz was getting shit in play-ins, he’s apparently an NA-biased caster. Spawn was getting shit, people think he’s NA, even though he’s fucking Australian. Everyone was getting it if you didn’t dick ride European teams…This has been one of the stupidest Worlds I’ve ever seen from the European fans over-reactions to everything.”

Former League of Legend commentator and analyst Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles, who now commentates the Overwatch League, weighed in by recounting his own experience with fan backlash at Worlds.

MarkZ later took to Reddit to clarify his thoughts on the situation, recognizing that the segment relating to G2 and Flash Wolves was flawed in its focus, but maintaining that there had still been unwarranted criticism across the tournament.

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“What I DO take issue with from the vocal EU fans on reddit, is that that a lot of them had been calling anything and everything bias since the start of playins. Jatt got it for even offering how C9 can get out of groups . Nearly every day of playins, I would finish the show and there would be tons of decently upvoted comments or threads about how biased everyone was (including Raz & Spawn). These would often get downvoted much later when NA woke up, but it was still a seemingly prevailing sentiment during the EU timezone.”

The League of Legends World Championship is approaching the end of its main group stage, with only one group left to be finalized. This year’s tournament has already provided some of the most surprising results to date, with the most notable undoubtedly being reigning World Champions Gen.G exiting in the group stage.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.