Activision Blizzard, a writer underneath a authorities investigation revolving round sexual harassment on the firm, allegedly stopped a Name of Obligation persona from main her personal workforce inside a match held by her personal group. The rationale? She’s claiming that the writer was uncomfortable along with her “oversexual tweets.”
Kalei Renay is a member of FaZe Clan, a preferred gaming influencer group recognized for its numerous eSports groups. Over the course of the yr final yr alone, her viewership elevated by a whopping 200 %, an increase that pairs properly with the honour of successful the GameHers award for prime esports streamer of the yr on Twitch. And not too long ago, she tweeted out:
“Wasn’t allowed to get a captain spot in our personal faze tourney because of activision actually not liking my **oversexual tweets**,” Renay wrote in a since-deleted tweet final night time. “But … the identical firm has a pfp of a creators [sic] ass cheek as their avi on an organization twitter.”
The tweets accusing Activision of someway intervening and disallowing aren’t particular, and Renay didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Our greatest educated guess tells us it’s possible December’s Pacific Pursuit. Hosted by Faze Clan and ATL FaZe (FaZe’s Name of Obligation workforce), the occasion featured the highest 20 groups out of qualifiers competing for a prize pool of $100,000. However no matter what particular match it was, given Renay’s accomplishments and plain talent on the recreation, you’d suppose she’d be a superb match for main a workforce—particularly if her personal group is internet hosting the occasion.
However since cash is concerned, and FaZe is a legit group, it’s possible that they need to play by the ebook. Which means having Activision log off on issues. Activision’s official code of conduct for gamers is rife with legalese that successfully offers the writer all the facility, demanding, amongst different obscure necessities, that gamers meet “the best requirements of private integrity and good sportsmanship … as decided by administration.” In different phrases, the contents of a participant’s social media might, certainly, affect your standing with the corporate.
Renay does veer into PG-13 or R-rated territory every so often. Have a look at her social media feeds and also you’ll see every thing from the occasional lewd phrase to, in a single case, a photograph of what seems to be a human-sized intercourse toy. However, you may have knowledgeable recreation studio actually posting ass.
That’s the problem for Renay: hypocrisy. The Twitter web page she refers to belongs to Raven Software program. Sure, the exact same that’s organizing to kind the primary union amongst Activision Blizzard studios, someway. In keeping with now-changed profile footage immortalized in screenshots, the Twitter account on Thursday night time sported an avatar of a really contemporary ass tattoo belonging to FaZe Clan workforce member Kris “Swagg” Lamberson.
In January, Lamberson publicly stated he’d get an ink of Raven Software program on his “proper cheek” if the studio reverted an replace about loadouts. The studio did, and Lamberson caught to his phrase. The official Name of Obligation Twitter account retweeted the picture (warning: PG-13). And final night time, Raven’s official Twitter web page seems to have briefly listed Lamberson’s tattoo as its profile image. (Screencap seen right here, courtesy of esports commentator Jake Fortunate.) The picture has since reverted to key artwork of the studio’s emblem. All the charade raises questions on double-standards, about what males can get away with posting on social media that ladies can’t.
“This has nothing to do with FaZe (it was solely a tourney and Acti really accepts and denies captains),” Renay wrote. In follow-up tweets, she affirmed the help she’s acquired from FaZe, and clarified that she bears no unwell will towards Lamberson.
“Kalei is unapologetically herself and we love that about her,” a consultant for FaZe Clan informed Kotaku in an announcement. “Her tweets are sometimes deemed inappropriate by others, however clearly by her being a member of FaZe, we help her and would by no means preserve her from doing something that any of our different members are in a position to do.”
Activision Blizzard declined to remark.