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In the past two days, the floodgates have opened up on women in esports coming out with incidents where they were sexually harassed. One of the names in the midst of everything has been Dota 2 caster Grant ‘GranDGranT’ Harris, who was accused by two women of sexual harassment. Following the accusations, which were accepted by GranDGranT, Evil Geniuses, the organization for which he was a streamer, severed ties with him. EG put up their statement with regards to the issue on Twitter:

Grant’s name first came into the limelight when caster @cofactorstrudel brought up two stories of sexual harassment at the TI7 afterparty. While initially both names were kept anonymous, she eventually revealed that one of the perpetrators was in fact, GranDGrant. Grant, who was inebriated at the party, slurred at the caster and would not let go of her hand.

After the revelation, Grant put up an apology and accepted that he had been in the wrong.

However, that wasn’t the end of it. Dota 2 coach and analyst, Anthony ‘Scantzor’ Hodgson brought up the fact that this was a pattern with GranDGrant and that the caster had gotten away with harassing women for far too long. In a thread, Scantzor laid out the example of how GranDGrant harassed and drove out the caster LlamaDownUnder out of the Dota 2 scene, to the point where she had to file a lawsuit against him.

This was the tweet that added a lot of fuel to the fire and the discussion regarding Grant rose to the top on Twitter and Reddit, with many people from the community condemning the actions of the caster. With the pressure rising, Grant eventually came out with a statement where he apologized for his behavior in the past and stated that he would be leaving the Dota 2 scene for a long time, if not forever.

Grant’s dark past is one of many being revelead. Women in esports are stepping forward with more incidents and other names are bound to come forward. At the end of this, let us hope the esports community learns from it and makes the esports world a more warm and accepting place for women.

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