No matches

It’s no surprise that people have varied opinions and reactions to things on the internet – but threats and the like have no place within our community.

Soe Gschwind-Penski is an extremely vibrant and well-known personality in the gaming world, casting and presenting, she brings her own fantastic views and analysis to a plethora of games. Most of you will know her from the now massive Overwatch League but she’s been part of many gaming communities prior to this such as Dota 2, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 to name just a few. Unfortunately Soe’s opinions have come under fire from the gaming community – on the back of a tweet she made during the highly celebrated International Women’s Day.

People from around the globe flocked to her Twitter page to support her, knowing that she has no ill-regard towards anyone and has worked her way up through the ranks on her own brilliance. But inversely, there were those who came to berate her and bring her down – going as far as sending her death threats due to her opinions. Soe responded by defending her stance, as did both men and women – while others slated her continuously.

Comments made about the lack of female players in Overwatch were thrown out and even names such as Richard Lewis came to the defense, showing that Shanghai Dragons – a team in the Overwatch League – had recently signed a female player to their squad. As it stands, there are no rules disallowing females going up against males in the League, however the industry does see a lack of female professionals. Is there a reason behind this?

At the end of the day, we as a gaming community should be united on every front. Gender, race, class and anything else should never be an issue in our world and we should be joining together to show that we’re the community to look up to – especially with politics trying to blame our community for problems. Let me know what you think about this and the way in which Soe was treated? Do you agree with her or do you feel that some of the community were correct?

At the end of the day, my view is merely that death threats and harsh words are no way to treat anybody – let alone a stalwart in our community. It is this behaviour that brings people to label many games and gamers as toxic and that puts a strain on those of us who try to uphold what we love – gaming.

headline image courtesy of Shanghai Dragons

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