CS:GO player Sadokist now finds himself facing scrutiny after he was heard using a racial slur during a live stream. The popular caster was celebrating his birthday by participating in an Ask Me Anything session and playing Player Unknowns Battlegrounds on his personal stream. Things then took a turn for the worse, as an intoxicated Sadokist was heard saying the N-word on the live stream. Obviously what was said by Sadokist is horrible and unacceptable.
Esports Journalist and consultant Rod Breslau was not as willing to offer any form of support to Sadokist in the matter. As a public figure, wrote Breslau, it is seriously not difficult to not say the n-word while streaming or on broadcast. Others defended Sadokist by implying that it was a mistake stemming from his being intoxicated on a live stream. As of this writing, Sadokist has not publicly commented on the manner.
As a society, we need to be ever vigilant about our use of language – even in jest, and especially while intoxicated. eSports will never be taken seriously unless we treat it seriously, and that kind of racism only serves to bring everyone down, and diminish the success the industry has worked so hard to gain.
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Week two of the Overwatch League has been an interesting one, dropping viewers and stabilizing way below Sea of Thieves on Twitch. The Global Pro League for Call of Duty: GO is well underway with the first round of matches from Division A. Overwatch. The league also lost a few viewers after the initial week of games. As reported by Esports Observer, the OWL saw numbers of more than 400,000 on the first day of the tournament but fell to around 70,000 in week two.
There won’t be a week going by in the coming months without Call of Duty’s best going at it. The Global Pro League is well underway with the first round of matches from Division A. Fan favorites Optic Gaming would ultimately find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the table having gone undefeated in week one. Rise Nation is also pretty hot right now with only a loss to Optic a mark against an otherwise perfect opening week. The folks at Dexerto have rounded up the important stats from week one.
Optic Gaming, eUnited and Echo Fox all made strong starts, steamrolling their way through the early matches. Each match is a best of three played exclusively on the Escalation game mode. Facebook scored an exclusivity deal with the ESL to broadcast all Dota 2 matches, something which wasn’t met with kindness by viewers who prefer Twitch. Team Liquid continues to impress viewers after comfortable wins over TSM and OpTic, but this shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise when one looks at the roster.