Eui-Seok of Dallas gas station player Lee “Fearless” said this week that he and his South Korean teammates said they faced racial discrimination in Dallas, jealous of the game’s leadership is taking action.
Mike Rufail, the founder and chief gaming officer of the organization, said Envy is seeking to strengthen security and asking others to fight racism when they see it.
I am deeply saddened by the situation some @DallasFuel players encountered while walking on the streets of Dallas, Texas. This is a great city in a state of pride. This is not something we should be proud of. Everyone should strive to change it. pic.twitter.com/Sq7MGlco50
— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) April 6, 2021
Rufael does not often make political statements. He personally said this in a five-minute video released on Tuesday, and said that he usually sticks to games and e-sports. But this was something he had to admit after discussing the hatred that Fuel basically “haves every day” in Lee’s Sunday clip (later translated from Korean into English).
“It’s horrible to be an Asian here,” said Lee Florida Lee. “Seriously. People keep trying to fight us.”
The video originated from Lee’s Twitch stream on Sunday and was subsequently posted to Twitter. Kim’s translation brings more English-speaking people to the Overwatch League community.
I don’t know if I “jump out of the line” to translate what other teams’ players are going through
But this is a complete translation of the Fearless clip.
Check out the challenges faced by OWL players and employees as Asians in the United States. pic.twitter.com/LZWvnRkuAx
— Swingchip (@swingchip930) April 6, 2021
Since the beginning of the pandemic, reports of hate crimes targeting Asians in the United States have continued to increase. New York Times, On March 16, 8 people were killed in hot spring baths in the Atlanta area, 6 of whom were Asians.
Rufail hopes that the Envy leadership will learn about the incident with Lee and Fuel as soon as possible so that they can take action, but is satisfied with Lee’s response in the video.
Rufael said: “I hope he can tell us as soon as possible, so maybe we can do something to find out who those people are, maybe there are things we can do earlier.” “But at the same time, I tell fearless, He can always say what he thinks, and he can always openly disclose his experience.”
Rufail admitted that he and Envy could not control the actions of others, but were still looking for ways to improve safety. The enviable CEO Adam Rymer said on Twitter that the organization is working through various programs.
“We have discussed the issue of increasing safety, personal safety. We have discussed safety in the building, and when they can, they will try to ensure the safety of the players when they are outside and around the building. “Rufail said. “I think this will develop as we move forward. We are still discussing ways to make them feel safe.”
We are working with players and TeamOps to find the best option.
—Adam Rymer | ENVY (@Envy_Rymer) April 5, 2021
In the translation of Lee’s discussion, he mentioned that this is what happens every day for him and his teammates, and the lack of wearing a mask is very important for them. People will even cough at them and shout racial slander.
Becoming a member of the Dallas Gas Station has helped Lee, his seven Korean teammates and three Korean coaches.
“That’s why I sometimes wear a jersey on purpose,” Li said. “If I wear a jersey, I think they will realize that we are part of a certain team, so they will not cause us too much trouble. But if I wear clothes every day, they will come to us and harass We, and then run away.”
Rufael said that the players at the gas station are doing well, and the fearless himself was “surprised” by the jealous reaction and worry. Currently, his team is focusing on the season debut of the “Overwatch League” against the Houston Outlets on April 16.
Rufael said that he has experienced racist remarks in e-sports during his decades of professional career as a player, and he wants his players to feel safe.
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