Read ‘Fearless’ Eui-Seok has been the protagonist during the past morning, not for having starred in an incredible play in the competitive Overwatch, but for a much more serious issue.
The Overwatch League Pro Gamer for the Dallas Fuel team, based in Texas, United States, has declared to have been a victim of the country’s systematic racism. With a message on Twitter, the player commented on the following: Being Asian here is scary. The racism here is indescribable. It is terrifying for us. It has been happening basically every day and it is quite severe.
The Korean player detailed that his classmates and he himself have received threats, shouts, mocks and even coughing at them in the middle of the street. Given these words, Activision Blizzard, creators of Overwatch, have released a statement to Polygon, where they have expressed their rejection of racism and the recent anti-Asian movement.
At Activision Blizzard, we condemn racism in the strongest possible terms. We support the Asian community, our employees and our players and we are working across our organization, including esports, to do our part to combat hatred and ignorance.
The director and founder of the team where Fearless is active, Mike ‘Hastro’ Rufail, also wanted to launch a few words of support and protest: I am deeply saddened by the situations that some of our Dallas Fuel players have been put into while walking the streets here in Dallas, TX. This is a great city in a proud state. This is not something we should be proud of and we should all work together to change it.
i dont know if i’m “stepping out of line” for translating something about what another team’s player is experiencing
but here’s the full translation of that Fearless clip.
please see some of what OWL players and staff are facing as Asians in America. pic.twitter.com/LZWvnRkuAx
– swingchip (@ swingchip930) April 6, 2021
I am deeply saddened by the situations some of our @DallasFuel Players have been put in while walking the streets here in Dallas, TX. This is a great city in a proud state. This isn’t something we should be proud of at all and should all pitch in to change it. pic.twitter.com/Sq7MGlco50
– Mike Rufail (@ hastr0) April 6, 2021
The fight against racism also has its place in video games. In regards to this issue, a few days ago several video game companies spoke out against the anti-Asian violence after the Atlanta murders. Just yesterday we reported that users were proposing to boycott Genshin Impact for racist details and minority representation.