Riot Games investigating founder of one of the world’s most valuable esports teams for bullying, abuse
- Riot Games and esports organization Team SoloMid have launched an independent investigation after employees and professional players accused the organization’s CEO and owner, Andy Dinh, of verbal abuse and bullying.
- Dinh was publicly called out by “League of Legends” player Yiliang “Peter” Peng, also known as Doublelift, during a Twitch livestream in November 2021. Peng’s act reportedly kicked off the investigation.
- Speaking about the issue, Dinh explained that he has “zero tolerance for underperformance.” He added, “I set an extremely high bar, and when I feel that someone is not delivering, I directly and bluntly share that feedback.”
Riot Games has officially launched an independent investigation into Team SoloMid’s (TSM) CEO and owner, Andy Dinh, over alleged verbal abuse and bullying.
In an email to Wired, Riot Games – the video game developer, which operates the “League of Legends” Championship Series where TSM competes – stated that it was aware of the allegations against Dinh. Riot Games also said it hired the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP to “conduct an independent investigation into claims of misconduct made against the leader of this team, in accordance with standard league process.”
- “League of Legends” revealed their newest champion, Zeri, with an official trailer showcasing her electric magic.
- A narrative writer for the multiplayer games “League of Legends” and “Valorant” revealed the reason why the characters Zeri and Agent Neon say, “I belong here. We all belong here.”
- The Filipino voice actress Vanille Velasquez voiced both Riot Games’ characters Zeri and Agent Neon.
Narrative writer Michael Luo revealed that Zeri from “League of Legends” and Agent Neon from “Valorant” were inspired by an anti-Asian attack experienced by an elderly Filipino woman in New York.
Luo shared the reason why both characters from the multiplayer games say the phrase, “I belong here. We all belong here,” in a tweet on Jan. 10.
- Riot Games’ multiplayer game “Valorant” revealed their first Filipino agent, Agent Neon, with an official trailer showcasing her powers.
- Agent Neon is set to be released on the game’s Episode 4: Disruption update.
The video game “Valorant” has unveiled their newest character and first Manila-born agent, Neon, in a recent trailer.
The 5v5 first-person shooter game introduced Agent Neon with an official trailer posted on their social media accounts on Wednesday.
Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was named by Japanese citizens as the best video game of all time, beating classics such as Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy VII.”
The best video game: The Nintendo Switch and Wii U title, released on March 3, 2017, topped the nationwide TV network poll by TV Asahi, which had 50,000 voters in total.
Cybersleuths have potentially spotted some juicy teasers about the next agent of Riot Games’ popular shooter “Valorant,” suggesting that the next character could be a Filipino from Taguig, Philippines.
Their findings: The speculation of a Filipino agent first came after Riot Games posted a teaser video in November, showing Valorant agent Killjoy’s desk and computer setup, Sportskeeda reported.
“Overwatch” esports player and Philadelphia Fusion member Kim “Alarm” Kyeong-Bo has passed away at the age of 20.
Devastating loss: The details of Kim’s death have not been released, but the news comes as Fusion announced last month that the 20-year-old would make a comeback in 2022.
In a show of commitment to the ongoing purge of what China considers as negative influences in its entertainment culture, 213 domestic gaming companies pledged to ban “inappropriate” content on their platforms on Thursday.
The rundown: The Sept. 23 pledge came in the form of a document called “Online Gaming Industry Anti-Addiction Self-Regulation Convention,” the South China Morning Post reported. While not legally binding, it serves as a reference point for the $45-billion industry moving forward.
Thailand joined the big leagues when it was announced that esports would be considered a professional sport on Tuesday.
Ready up: The official notice was published through the Royal Thai Government Gazette and was reposted on the Thai E-Sports Federation (TESF)’s Facebook page.
A Japanese esports team is proving that gaming is truly for all ages.
Marie Kondo launches game based on her joyful memories playing ‘Street Fighter’ and ‘Mario Kart’ with her brother
The queen of tidying is back, and it’s not just with a Netflix show — she’s breaking into video games.
Inspired by her time playing “Street Fighter,” “Mario Kart,” “Puyo Puyo” and “Super Robot Wars” with her brother, bestselling author Marie Kondo brings the joy of tidying to mobile gamers in one of her latest ventures.
Google surprised its home page’s visitors with a free-to-play, anime-inspired video game doodle to celebrate the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.
About the doodle: Google collaborated with Japanese animation studio STUDIO 4°C to create “Doodle Champion Island Games,” according to The Mercury News.
A sealed copy of “Super Mario 64” set an auction price record for a video game after fetching $1.56 million at Heritage Auctions on Sunday.
Collector’s must-have: The auction house revealed that 16 collectors bidded during the last day of the three-day auction in Dallas, according to Barrons.