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True Damage debut ‘Giants’ at League of Legends Worlds 2019

Published: 10/Nov/2019 12:44 Updated: 10/Nov/2019 13:02

by Joe O'Brien

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The first single by League of Legends group ‘True Damage’ was debuted at the World Championship final.

True Damage is the successor to K/DA, the fictional Kpop group featuring League of Legends champions that was unveiled at the 2018 Worlds final.

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Akali is the only common character between the two – once again voiced by Soyeon of (G)I-dle – but in True Damage she’s joined by Ekko (DUCKWRTH, Thutmose), Qiyana (Becky G), Senna (Keke Palmer), and Yasuo.

While True Damage may feature a common member with K/DA, their style is very different from the Kpop group, instead bringing more of a hiphop vibe with their first single ‘Giants’. Once again, the Worlds performance featured a mixture of augmented reality versions of the champions and the real artists that voice them, although the former are the sole subject of the official music video.

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As with 2018’s K/DA, True Damage will also appear in-game, with each of the members getting a skin for their performing look. This time, the skins were created in partnership with designer brand Louis Vuitton.

Riot GamesPlayers will be able to pick up True Damage skins in-game.

The World Championship final opening ceremony is always something of an event in itself, featuring a live performance of that year’s Worlds song. Riot have always looked to step up their game each season, however, in recent years adding in augmented reality elements and additional performances.

This year’s opening ceremony took things to new heights with three consecutive performances. Valerie Broussard opened things with a performance of Awaken, which was released as a stand-alone in January 2019, before True Damage made their appearance with Giants. Finally, Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza performed Worlds song Phoenix to mark the arrival of the players on stage.

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The opening ceremony certainly made for an epic start to the historic match between G2 Esports and FunPlus Phoenix, with the final best-of-five deciding which team will lift the Summoner’s Cup in 2019.

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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.