Racism is probably one of the most disgusting things in the world, in my opinion at least, especially with the rocky past of my own country. So when it comes to gaming, it is sad to see it and when a pro throws out racist comments, it’s even worse.
Mineski had been in a long dry spell after their victory at last year’s PGL open Bucharest up until their fantastic run through DAC 2018 which saw them claim the top spot. But that doesn’t excuse the racist behavior which was witnessed by one of their star players on stream yesterday. Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang was live playing Dota 2 on Twitch when he decided to explain why he did not like his own first name. The player is known for a very “don’t care” attitude during interviews – with reports saying that a lot of China interviews would have to remove multiple “F-bombs” from things that he said in order to publish them – but there’s a difference when it comes to racist terms and comments.
Most of the Twitch clips of the stream have since been removed but the player’s reasoning for not liking his own name was this,
“I don’t even like the name Daryl,” said iceiceice. “Daryl is like a n—–‘s name. It’s not an… Okay, it’s a black person’s name. I’m not a big fan of like, Daryl. My parents named me Daryl after watching a show.”
Maybe in the context of what he was saying, it has been defended by thousands online already, but the word has some dire connotations and history behind it. Many online entertainers have felt the swift hand of justice when using the same terms in the past and iceiceice is not exempt from this – as Mineski have reportedly reprimanded the player for his words. In a post on Facebook the organization made their stance on this very clear.
The Mineski team are currently on high after their win at DAC 2018, their direct invite to ESL One Birmingham and their invite to MDL Changsha too.
How do you feel on the matter? Many have defended the statement online, claiming that there is nothing wrong with what he said while others have pointed out that in any other field this would result in a ban or kick from the team. As a South African the use of that word and racism in general is a touchy subject and I can only hope that it disappears from the world’s vocabulary.