Overwatch/TF2 observer denies sexual assault allegations despite email confession - Dexerto
Overwatch

Overwatch/TF2 observer denies sexual assault allegations despite email confession

Published: 23/Nov/2019 16:27 Updated: 23/Nov/2019 18:40

by Richard Lewis

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A few days ago, Team Fortress 2 event producer and freelance Overwatch observer Alex ‘Dashner’ Pylyshyn was publicly accused of sexual assault by two alleged victims. Dexerto had attempted to contact Pylyshyn for comment but were unable to as all social media accounts had been shut down and even entire forum posting histories deleted. However, over the weekend, we received word from the accused who says he denies all allegations and intends to fight them legally.

His first port of call has been to issue a cease and desist to Ryan ‘Console’ Modugno, who has now deleted the public forum posts that detailed his experiences with the accused. In their place now reads a single sentence: “For legal reasons, I have decided to take down my post and all following posts.” 

Pylyshyn told Dexerto via email, “I categorically deny the accusations of sexual assault being made by Mr. Modugno and [Redacted] (otherwise known as Delacroix). Since I am currently in the pending phases of defamation proceedings, I cannot go into further detail at this time. However, I would like to point out that Mr. Modugno has retracted all claims after direction by my attorney.”

However, Dexerto was able to obtain an email that shows Pylyshyn apologizing to Ness ‘uberchain’ Delacroix for “abusing” her.

“Even without evidence on your part, I could not feel right challenging it,” the email reads. “I made your life a living hell, I manipulated you, I abused you. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am a horrific person.”

The email does reiterate the claim that Pylyshyn did not abuse Modugno.

In response to the email, Pylyshyn specified, “My email correspondence to Ms. Delacroix of November 14, 2019, was intended to express remorse for the emotional turmoil in our relationship and should not be interpreted as an admission of abuse. I may not have treated her well as an emotional partner during our relationship, which I deeply regret, but I certainly did not sexually abuse her.”

We reached out to Modugno, who didn’t want to speak further on the matter of his allegations due to fear of legal reprisals. However, he did want to qualify that in his original post, it may have seemed like he referred to Beyond The Summit employees as being aware. Instead, it was community event staff that were working with BTS to create the event. 

“When I mentioned the BTS team asked me to step down, I was mentioning the team in regards to the team handling the TF2 event, not necessarily BTS’s staff,” he clarified. “From my understanding, now, we were independently running an event at their venue with support from BTS.”

This seems to be verified by Discord logs featuring a conversation between Samantha ‘samiface’ Emery, one of the event organizers and a long-standing event organizer in the TF2 scene, and Pylyshyn. 

“I should have trusted you when you said it was a bad idea to get involved in TF2 stuff again,” Emery said. “I should’ve known someone would try to get attention this way. I should’ve known better. I’ve always thought we were better than this. I guess TF2 is just willing to cut off its nose to spite its fucking face.”

Beyond The Summit staff had previously denied any involvement in or knowledge of the matter. We reached out to Emery for clarification on these comments.

Pylyshyn has indicated to Dexerto that he intends to pursue these matters legally against both parties. We shall continue to provide updates on this story as they develop.

Esports

Top 10 most valuable esports teams in 2020: 100 Thieves, FaZe, more

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:51

by Calum Patterson

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According to a new report from Forbes, the top 10 most valuable esports companies are worth a combined $2.4 billion, with some truly eyebrow-raising figures for teams like TSM, Cloud9 and FaZe Clan.

Forbes has released an annual estimate of the most valuable esports companies since 2018. Their sources for the figures comprise of “Company executives, investors, investment advisors, public documents.”

This does leave room for the organizations themselves to potentially inflate the figures somewhat, so should not be seen as an exact and accurate value. Rather, it is essentially an informed estimate.

Some of the standout moves from 2019 include 100 Thieves jumping 5 spots up to 5th, as well as the disappearance of Immortals Gaming from the top 10.

Top 10 most valuable esports companies

  1. TSM: $410 million (+3%)
  2. Cloud9 $350 million (-13%)
  3. Team Liquid: $310M (-3%)
  4. FaZe Clan: $305M (+27%)
  5. 100 Thieves: $190M (+27%)
  6. GenG: $185M (-)
  7. Enthusiast Gaming: $180M (-)
  8. G2 Esports: $175M (+6%)
  9. NRG Esports: $155M (+3%)
  10. T1: $150M (-)

In their report, Forbes says that overall esports revenue fell $150 million, largely due to the cancellation of most LAN events. This is said to have had a “knock-on effect” on merchandising and sponsorships too.

100 Thieves COO John Robinson said “The modern battlefield in gaming is for larger social media and YouTube talent.” 100 Thieves specifically now have a large roster of content creators, including the likes of Valkyrae, BrookeAB, Neeko, Yassou, CouRage, Tommey and more.

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100 Thieves now boast a huge roster of content creators.

This has perhaps come at the expense of actual esports teams though. 100 Thieves pulled out of Counter-Strike, but have joined the Call of Duty League for the 2021 season. The company expects to make $16 million in revenue this year.

FaZe Clan are similar to 100 Thieves in their approach to signing the biggest talent in content creation, not just competitive players. FaZe CEO Lee Trink said “What you have seen in the last year is other esports companies are catching on to what has been our philosophy from day one, which is to explore the outer reaches of what gaming can be.”

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FaZe Clan continued their emphasis on content creators in 2020.

For Immortals, who dropped out of the top 10, are estimated to have sold the OpTic Gaming brand back to Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez for $10 million – significantly less than they bought it for.

With the hope that esports will return to putting on live events in 2021, an even bigger jump in these estimations could be expected. Although, the first CSGO major of 2021, which was scheduled for May, has already been canceled. So too has the Fortnite World Cup.