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.
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.
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.