DanTDM responds to claims he ‘cheated’ in hardcore Minecraft

Published: 12/Apr/2020 13:07

by Connor Bennett


YouTube star Dan ‘DanTDM’ Middleton has responded to claims that he cheated during his hardcore Minecraft series – putting it all down to being a bit of an April Fool’s joke.

While many content creators across both YouTube and streaming might pick up Minecraft every now and again when buzz returns to the game, there are plenty who still make it their game of choice. 

DanTDM is one of these who makes Minecraft the focus of his channel. However, some fans accused him of ‘cheating’ during his current hardcore save series after dying to a pretty powerful enemy in a recent episode. 

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The British YouTuber responded to those claims during his April 11 upload, noting that the video in question wasn’t entirely serious because he was covering the April Fool’s Minecraft snapshot. “In that episode, my Minecraft character died which means the world should be deleted,” Dan said, noting that some fans asked how he managed to respawn and why the save is still alive.

“Are you not forgetting the motto of the episode? What happens in this episode, stays in this episode and the reason for that isn’t because I died, it’s because the whole snapshot was completely overpowered and ridiculous,” he added. 

“I’m sorry if I didn’t make it clear that was like an April Fool’s episode but all of that has been cut out, scrapped, we’ve gone back in time,” the YouTuber concluded, while jokingly asking viewers to not be mad at him.

As the Minecraft extraordinaire noted, the April Fool’s snapshot was designed to be a joke for all Minecraft players – especially as some, like the YouTuber, had been finding pretty rare items like Ancient Scrap with alarming regularity. 

With all of that in the rearview mirror, there won’t be an update like the snapshot that caused all the drama for quite some time – if, really, ever again.


Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney


Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

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Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.