Should Pro Gamers Be Banned for Tweeting Threats?

Madeleine Leander, victim of the assault.

Madeleine Leander, victim of the assault.

The Fragbite Masters tournament has one fewer player this week after Mykhailo “Kas” Gaida, a StarCraft 2 player from Ukraine, threatened a female entrant last Friday. Gaida allegedly took to Twitter during a qualifying match to proclaim “Going to rape some girl soon #fragbitemasters,” using the word “rape” as a euphemism for “defeat.” Considering it’s an online tournament, I can only assume that he wasn’t planning to fly from Ukraine to Sweden and sexually assault Madeleine Leander, the “some girl” he mentioned in his tweet.

I guess you never know, though.

Fragbite Masters has disqualified Gaida from the rest of the season three tournament due to his tweet, and he apologized for the threat.

In light of the recent Gamergate malarkey, though, this can’t be left alone or condoned, and I applaud Fragbite for disqualifying him. If more groups would properly handle these incidents, we could get rid of some stigmas on gaming.

Grow up, sir.

Grow up, sir.

Obviously, I’m glad he apologized, but the climate that continually tolerates this shit is bothersome. If you want gaming to be taken seriously, you have to shed the immaturity. A professional can’t sexually threaten a colleague, and if gaming is ever going to reach that level, this needs to stop. Even if you don’t care if this hobby gains respect, you shouldn’t ruin it for those of us who do by dragging the whole shebang down with your ignorant taunts.

  • JazMac

    In your own article you say he used it in the context of defeating someone, so to say he sexually threatened someone is just dishonest…guaranteed if it was a guy saying it to another guy nobody would give a shit including yourself which is just a blatant double standard. Click bait title, click bait article…enough said

  • Tim Evans

    Did you read the whole thing? Right after remarking as to its possible meaning it questions the intent. I would care if a woman threatened me with sexual assault. If we as a community don’t hold our professional eSport players to the highest standard of behavior, how can we ever hope to be taken as a serious medium? What you mean is pointless, only how you are heard matters.

    • JazMac

      Ok cool by your logic I could say ” I don’t like (insert pro gamer) ” and in an extreme example someone could take it as a threat, now I’m banned from the tournament because we should only care about how it’s heard…honestly do you actually read what you type? that is a ridiculous argument to make. What you mean is incredibly important…

      • Tim Evans

        Communication is how what you are saying is being heard. If you are effectively conveying your point then it will be read as such (something I personally need help with, as it would seem). Your intent is fine but if what you communicate comes off as threatening then yes, what you meant has no bearing in light of that feeling of being threatened. In extreme circumstances it could mean something that most people wouldn’t deem scary could be received that way.

        This, however, is not an extreme circumstance. He said in no uncertain terms that he was going to rape her. She quite rightly took that as a threat. He should be banned from the rest of the tournament, plain and simple.

        • JazMac

          Context matters and he clearly used it in the sense of defeating an opponent. Is anyone actually thinking he was going to physically rape her? No.

          Are you saying then that in your eyes (and hers) that he is actually conspiring to rape her? if that’s the case then shouldn’t the police get involved at this stage and have him serve prison time for conspiracy to commit statutory rape.

          There is no middle ground here, you either think he genuinely intended to rape her or you didn’t and simply banning him from the tournament shouldn’t be a big enough punishment. Should we start putting 12 year old boys in jail every time they use the word in Call of Duty?

          • Tim Evans

            What he meant and how you took it doesn’t matter one iota. SHE felt scared. That’s all that matters, therefore she WAS threatened. You have to think before you speak. End of story.

          • JazMac

            You’re not answering my questions, I understand that you place importance on how people take something over what someone intends.

            I’m asking should he be charged with conspiracy to commit statutory rape and put in jail because she took it as a serious threat?

            If the answer is yes to that, then should all people who say similar statements also be put on trial? e.g. 12 year olds on CoD.

            If no then she obviously didn’t really feel threatened did she and thus what he intended clearly takes precedence over how any one person takes a statement.

          • Tim Evans

            Yes I think he should. He’s publicly speaking professional, he’s an adult, and he knew who he was talking about. As for kids playing online games, I think it would depend on several factors such as age and exactly what was said.