- A professional Korean gamer in Dallas said he and his teammates face racism every day.
- Lee Eui Suk, who plays “Fearless,” spoke on Twitch about his time in Dallas.
- “Being Asian here is horrible,” Lee said. “People are trying to fight us.”
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A professional Korean gamer based in Dallas, Texas, said he and his teammates face racism that “Unable to describe” every day
Lee Eui-Seok, a player in the Overwatch League of Dallas Fuel under the name “Fearless,” spoke about his experience in the
“Being Asian here is scary,”; he said, sharing the sentiment widely known in the Asian-American community as hate crime in the United States is on the rise.
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Dallas Fuel is in the process of building a new roster after losing three seasons in a row. All eight members on the team’s current roster are Koreans and the team’s three coaches.
Lee spoke of some of the challenges he and his teammates had to face: “People try to choose to fight us … There are even people who we …
Lee was traded to the Dallas Fuel from the Shanghai Dragons in November and was nominated as a “Role Star” in 2020 for his skills as a “tank” in video games.
Mike Rufail, Dallas Fuel’s chief gaming officer and founder, confirmed in a video posted on Twitter that several team members had received racist and harassment remarks in Dallas.
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“We are doing everything we can to make the players feel comfortable,” Rufil said. “They are part of our family.”
Rufail also said the organization is working closely with the team to increase security.
Lee said the racism he faced was a new phenomenon.
Lee told viewers on his Twitch stream that he had never been subjected to any racism while living in Los Angeles in 2018.
“It was peaceful back then,” Lee said, followed by a long pause before comparing his experience in Dallas. “This is my first time experiencing racism … it’s quite severe.”
He said he sometimes wore his team jersey all over town to try to avoid harassment and racism. He notes that he gets more hate when he wears street clothes.
Activision Blizzard, the company that oversees the Overwatch League and the creators of the video game, told Polygon in a statement that it supports Asian employees and the community.
“At Activision Blizzard, we condemn racism as strongly as possible,” the company said. “We stand with our Asian community, our employees and our players and are working in our organization, including esports, to do our job.” To fight hatred and ignorance. “
Representatives from Blizzard and the Overwatch League did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Lee offered a warning to other Koreans who might consider moving to the US.
“I think Koreans living abroad should be careful,” said Lee.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in late March that the Justice Department would review its handling of anti-hate crimes in Asia within 30 days.