Riot Games’ Mid Season Invitational (MSI) is one of the centrepieces of the League of Legends calendar. Along with the teams, Riot also usually assembles the best commentary team, with fan favourites and regional experts, to augment the viewer experience. This time however, due to a dispute over pay, this won’t be happening.
A North American professional Counter-Strike player has found himself forced to attend an anti-bullying seminar by his employers after being caught verbally berating a fellow professional on a video stream.
2015 will be remembered as the year that the social justice movement reached peak absurdity.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but when it comes to eSports the self-congratulatory end of year scenes are akin to what the average British public schoolboy would encounter in the dorm after dark: a sweaty, frenzied mass of guilt-free circle-jerking where everyone gets their turn, a blend of giddy exhaustion and gratification leaving the group satisfied.
Milo Yiannopoulos’s favourite Welsh pub, the Brecon Beacons-based Blackcock Inn, found itself accused of racist language after complaints on Facebook led to its business page being shut down.
Following a landmark case in Germany, the country’s federal court has ruled that a man must delete all nude images and videos of an ex-girlfriend, even if he had never shared them with anyone nor had plans to.
In June, British biochemist and Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt found himself embroiled in a sexism scandal. The 72-year-old scientist had been a speaker at a conference in Seoul, South Korea, addressing a predominantly female audience and speaking of his own experiences in the world of science. In the audience was a black, female journalist called Connie St. Louis. Shortly after Hunt had finished she took to Twitter to tell the world about some of the finer details of his speech, most notably his antiquated views on women. “Why are the British so embarrassing abroad,” she asked, seemingly unaware of the irony of her own stereotype. “[The conference was] Utterly ruined by sexist speaker Tim Hunt,” she continued, before quoting Hunt as having said: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.” “Nobody was laughing, everybody was stony-faced,” she would later tell the BBC, insisting that the speech was so shocking that it offended almost everyone present. The resulting furore saw the eminent professor, who received a knighthood from
In one of the more pathetic examples in the “anti-racism” student activism of 2015 students at Oberlin College have accused the institution of insensitivity and “cultural appropriation” based on the menu in their dining hall. This is supposedly because the recipes aren’t using the complete correct ingredients to be traditionally accurate to their origins. Proving that the privileged truly have nothing better to do with their time, students wrote screeds of protest for the on campus publication and demanded a meeting with campus dining officials as well as the college president. Chief offenders are the General Tso’s chicken for containing steamed chicken over the fried variety and Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches for using coleslaw over pickled vegetables. One first year Vietnamese student, quoted in the Oberlin Review (http://oberlinreview.org/9055/news/cds-appropriates-asian-dishes-students-say/), said “It was ridiculous. How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?” Another student from Japan, who labelled the college’s attempts at Sushi as “disrespectful,” added “when you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture. So if people not from