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T1 taking legal action over death threats to LoL team

Published: 3/Sep/2020 17:26

by Michael Gwilliam

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T1 will no longer be sitting by as its team’s staff, players, and even family members receive death threats and will be taking legal action against those responsible, the League of Legends team announced on September 3.

The LoL squad has been facing new waves of threats recently after losing to Afreeca Freecs in the Wildcard match of the LCK Summer Playoffs. They will now have to fight through Regional Qualifiers in order to punch their ticket to Worlds 2020.

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However, that journey has already been met with controversy, after threats were made towards the team, prompting T1 to take legal action.

In a post on Twitter, the famed LoL squad wrote they are “preparing to take legal actions against these attacks.”

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“We assure you that this is not being taken lightly,” they further added.

The attacks and seemed to begin when the team decided to bench LoL legend Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok back in August.

The threats got so bad, T1 CEO Joe Marsh had to step in and warn unruly fans that there would be consequences should they continue.

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T1 warns fans not to threaten the LoL team
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T1’s CEO warned fans that threats would not be tolerated.

Writing that while criticism of coaching decisions was natural, the team would not tolerate harassment in any form.

“If the onslaught of violent virtual attacks continues, we will explore legal action to put an end to it,” his statement ended, which clearly fell on deaf ears.

Following T1’s latest announcement that it would be pursuing legal action, Marsh noted that he warned the perpetrators.

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“We asked nicely a few weeks back. We said we would take action. We said we would do anything to protect our players, coaches and staff. We say what we mean and we mean what we say,” he said.

It’s unclear exactly what form of action is being taken, but it’s clear that T1 is not to be messed with. While the team is accepting of criticism – as they should be – they’re willing to go to great lengths to defend its LoL members.

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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.