Reigning LoL World Champions stunned with group stage elimination at 2018 World Championship - Dexerto
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Reigning LoL World Champions stunned with group stage elimination at 2018 World Championship

Published: 15/Oct/2018 12:23

by Joe O'Brien

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The reigning LoL World Champions, Gen.G Esports, have been eliminated in the group stages of this year’s Worlds.

A day of stunning upsets concluded Group B of the 2018 World Championship, which saw Gen.G, who won the tournament in 2017 as Samsung Galaxy, finish in last place.

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The result is also the first time that a South Korean team has failed to make it out of the group stage at a World Championship since 2013, and the first time ever in the four-group format that has been used since 2014.

After a slow start to the tournament in week one, Gen.G faced the task of climbing back from a 1-2 record as the second round-robin of the group played out on October 14. Unfortunately, the day started off with a loss to Cloud9, who were the only team Gen.G beat in week one, before suffering another defeat at the hands of Vitality, mathematically eliminating them from the tournament.

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Though Gen.G certainly underwhelmed, they weren’t the only team to suffer upsets. In what was undoubtedly the most spectacular day of the event so far, MSI champions and tournament favorites Royal Never Give Up also fell to both Vitality and Cloud9, ultimately having to fight a tie-breaker with C9 to claim first place.

Gen.G looked likely to miss out on Worlds altogether this year, after a slightly underwhelming season saw them finish fifth in LCK Summer. An inspired gauntlet run saw them claim the third seed from South Korea, however, becoming only the second team to get a chance at defending their title after SK Telecom T1.

Fellow South Korean squad Afreeca Freecs are next up to battle for a playoff spot in a Group A that also looks likely to be hard-fought. This year’s tournament has already proved the most vulnerable that the LCK representatives have looked at a World Championship since their ascent to dominance in Season Three.

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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.