Envy Gaming’s leadership is underway after Dallas Fuel player Lee “Fearless” Eui-Seok spoke this week about the racism he and his Korean teammates said they faced. In Dallas
Mike Rufail, founder and corporate chief gaming officer, said Envy wanted to increase security and begging others to fight racism when they see it.
I am deeply saddened by the situation some of our @DallasFuel players are put on while walking down the streets of Dallas, Texas. This is a great city in a proud state. This is not something we should be proud of. However, and everyone should make changes pic.twitter.com/Sq7MGlco50
̵1; Mike Rufail (@ hastr0) April 6, 2021
Rufail doesn’t usually make political statements. He himself said in a five-minute video he posted on Tuesday, saying he usually sticks to gaming and esports. But this was something he had to take note of after Lee’s Sunday clip, later translated from Korean to English, highlighted the hate it fueled. “Basically every day”
“It’s scary to be Asian here,” says Lee, who is translated seriously by Florida Mayhem manager Jade “swingclip” Kim. People try to fight with us. “
The video came from Lee’s Twitch stream on Sunday and was later posted on Twitter.Kim’s translation brought more English speaking members of the Overwatch League community into the conversation.
I don’t know i “Step off the line” to translate something about what other team players are going through.
But here’s a full translation of the clip of Fearless.
Please see what the OWL players and staff are facing as an Asian in America. pic.twitter.com/LZWvnRkuAx
– swingchip (@ swingchip930) April 6, 2021
Reports of hate crimes against Asians in the United States have increased since the outbreak of the epidemic. New York Times, And on March 16, eight people died in a spa in Atlanta, six of them Asians.
Rufail wants Envy leaders to know about the events that happened with Lee and the Fuel earlier so they can continue. But was pleased with Lee’s response in his video.
“I hope he tells us as soon as it happens, so there may be some things we can do to find out who those people are, and maybe something we can do faster,” Rufail said. Told Fearless that he can always speak his mind and that he can always be public about his experiences. “
Rufil admitted that he and Envy couldn’t control what the others did. But still looking for ways to increase security, Envy CEO Adam Rymer said on Twitter the organization is working through options.
“We have discussed increasing safety, personal safety. We’ve already spoken to our building security, who can, when, and try to make sure players are safe outside and around the building, ”Rufail said. We go on We are still in the process of discussing what we can do to make them feel safe. ”
We are working with our players and TeamOps to find the best options.
– Adam Reimer | ENVY (@Envy_Rymer) April 5, 2021
In translating Lee’s debate, he said this happened to him and his teammates every day and the lack of masking had to do with them. People might cough at them and yell insults about their race.
Being part of the Dallas Fuel helped Lee and seven Korean teammates and three Korean coaches.
“That’s why sometimes I wear my jersey on purpose,” Lee said. “If I have a jersey, I think they know we are part of a certain type of team so they don’t bother us too much. But if I put on my everyday clothes, it will come running to us, harass us and run away. “
Rufail said the Fuel players did everything right and that Fearless himself was “wary” from the response and concern from Envy his team now focused on making his Overwatch League season debut with Houston Outlaws on the day. 16 April
Rufail, who said he has experienced racist remarks in the sport of a decades-long career starting as a player, wants players to feel safe.
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