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Growing Pains: A History of esports' worst, most infamous and game changing scandals

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From media laughing stock to media craze, from thousands of viewers to millions—esports has eclipsed all expectations in the last decade. But while competitive gaming has come a long way since its humble beginnings, it hasn’t been without its own controversies. And that’s no real surprise, just look at sports. From the NFL’s Deflategate and head trauma controversies to the MLB’s doping scandals and match fixing that dates back to 1919, one thing is pretty clear when it comes to professional sports—sometimes the spirit of competition gets lost in the money and fame. And esports is no exception. Now, in 2017, with the announcement of NA LCS franchising and the continued anticipation of the soon-to-come Overwatch League, esports takes yet another step towards maturity. As the industry continues to move forward, the interest and investments from the sports world is bound to lead to more professionalism, stability, and yes, scandals. Footage Courtesy: CEVO, Starladder, Blizzard, ELEAGUE, ESEA, ESL, GOM eXP, Honor the Call, Tmartn, IeSF, JoshOG, MBC, MLG, mOE TV, OGN, NFL, MLB, PGL, PhantomL0rd, Procydicate, Riot Games, theDailyDot, Team Curse, SPOTV, Sky News, Team EnVyUs, The Bitfury Group, TheWarOwl, TSM, Valve, weusecoins, fluff, Greg Wroblewski Music used under license from Associated Production Music LLC (”APM”). Check out theScore esports on Android and iOS: Android: http://thesco.re/esportsAndroidYT iOS: http://thesco.re/esportsiOSYT Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/thescoreesports Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theScoreesports Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/theScoreesports Follow us on Snapchat: theScoreesports
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Zero Todona (10 minutes ago)
I hate esports. It’s so fucking boring at times. Let gamers be gamers, not fine them allllll the time for cursing or something.
Bon -herpaderp2 (2 days ago)
3:45 is a founder of tsm
anottakenusername (2 days ago)
It was only a split second, but that clip with the media laughing off esports gets me all salted up like some french fries. The media is always so out of touch with the common people. Also, that story about separating male and female players isn't as sexist as people think it is. EVERY other sport separates males and females because males have a physical advantage. I believe that advantage extends to reflexes and improvisation and that's why despite being half the population you will never see females dominating most sports competitions where they have to compete with men. Even if women were built exactly like men biologically and mentally women just aren't generally interested in these things like men are and you can't force women to be interested. Even at conventions most girls show up to do things like cosplay because it more aligns with their interests.
anottakenusername (1 day ago)
By the way just to be clear, some people assume this sort of topic is brought up to put down women, but that's not the point. Underdog wins and surprise upsets are the best kind of stories so I would love to see a girl win it all. At the same time I can't help but feel the need to face the reality of how unlikely that is, and unfortunately there will always be politically correct sjws calling anyone sexist for noticing this trend and proposing solutions like separate sex leagues. The girl you mentioned who gave up to pursue college did the smart thing because statistically she is much more likely to be successful and happier down that path. The real question is not how come women can't be dedicated enough to reach higher levels of play, but why is it that there are men insane enough to dedicate themselves to tasks to such an extreme degree without any guarantee of success?
anottakenusername (1 day ago)
You say "societal norms" as though it's a hurdle women have to deal with because of the "patriarchy" but if something so small holds you back from having fun or from what you are most passionate about then it just shows a very fragile resolve which would never be enough to stop a serious male. These guys know of the gamer stigma and how they most likely aren't going to get laid playing video games all day, but that doesn't stop them. I bet girls can get good enough to beat most guys, but to compete against guys who take this seriously, nah. Here is a video that perfectly illustrates my point about reflexes. Whenever you see mixed sex doubles tennis it always ends up the same way with the females simply not being able to handle male serves. Even Serena Williams in interviews admits she can't deal with it and you might argue that strength is a factor but a lot of times girls can't even react fast enough to reach the ball. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLNIbgt6gJc
Atropa Belladonna (2 days ago)
I don't think physical advantages hold much (if any) advantages in the eSports scene. I think it's pretty inherent with low female population counts and the fact that female gamers tend to play more casually than male players (likely due to societal norms). Of the girl gamers that I have actually played with competitively, I've never noticed a solid difference between their performance and the performances of the guys. I played on a D1/Masters team in Smite and the girls in that clan could go head-to-head with the guys, with two of the girls actually getting picked for the main roster but turning it down to pursue college. I grinded that game for 4000+ hours after already being skilled with PC games, and they could certainly pose a threat to my roster spot. Other games show a similar trend to what I saw in Smite, with very few girls seriously competing but with many of them still reaching the top levels of the game (examples include Geguri and Barcode_ow in Overwatch for instance).
Kelvin Marte (3 days ago)
can you do a video about 2015-16 sc2 matchfixing scandal and its consequences?
KaOs ! (4 days ago)
Gaming is more powerful then people think It can bring so many people together yet tear people apart. But the media doesn't see often saying gaming is the cause of crimes when in reality is the opposite people don't kill because of video games but the media hates games and gamers and they don't realise what gaming can do.
Soliton FPV (4 days ago)
i hope Life burns in hell for what he did to the Starcraft scene
Aa (5 days ago)
I watch this actually after OWL S1 and I can say Esport will improve and it was a succes!
Tobias Schmitz (6 days ago)
This is so funny one tournament allows only male players and here we go having female only tournament all over the place and Noone cares
OrganizedKhaos (6 days ago)
SCARRA IMAQTPIE HOW COULD U
Jim Tore Oshaug (7 days ago)
Keep franchising out of CS:GO atleast! Unfair, closed enviroments spawn from it. Open league play like European football leagues is fairer by far
BADASS FISH (10 days ago)
Esports is a sweat fest
Instances RotMG (11 days ago)
Your doesn't get abbreviated with I
Rich Sherman (11 days ago)
Worst part about esports is always mentioning the prize pool. Every sport has a prize pool, but the prestige of winning a league/tournament is enough. For most traditional sports, you have to go online and look up how much teams get for winning. It has always looked to me as if they are saying, 'look! We have loads of money too! Please take us seriously'.
Bokononist (12 days ago)
a n d w e f o u n d t h i s n e w s i t e
There were people getting DDOsd and disconectet intentionally during the Smite pro league a few seasons ago
Aiden Snacklad (14 days ago)
You forgot to add that DaZeD owned NetcodeGuides team.
ɳɕɾʘ (14 days ago)
#freeswag
EarthShake Spear (15 days ago)
Hahaha dota2 has less scandals.
Naotnoot (15 days ago)
gotta update with overwatch league xd
Cú_ Mara (16 days ago)
male, female brackets for Esports is weird. But no its not outdated when was the last time you saw a female competing with males in actual sports? You dont because they get destroyed by even the lowest ranked males.
mr Exia (16 days ago)
"Why divide male and female" ? Dumbass they want to give you a bit of the spotlight, if it wasn't a female-only section no one would never see you. If you play CSGO for example, pro fe teams got trashed 16-0 , 16-1 by tier 3 male teams or male friends mix. And they are paid at the difference of those teams. Just because they are women. So i think this question was pretty fucked up, Iesf just not had the balls to tell the truth.
Eugene InLaw (16 days ago)
Overwatch league is such a piece of shit, I can't even
Soulo (19 days ago)
Csgo.. Short competetiv lifespan... So we just forget about source, cz, 1.6 and earlier versions
Playstation Player (19 days ago)
Where is my prosor prosor 322
Dat Boi (19 days ago)
They won’t let it fucking die
Pedro Paulo Biselli (20 days ago)
No scandals on the fgc? Lul
Joshua King (23 days ago)
I love these documentaries! My only knock is that I wish that links to the articles and other info referenced in the vids was in the description. Sure its all searchable but it would be a nice touch.
Jhakri (25 days ago)
lol overwatch league
WinterHawk (30 days ago)
I don't see why people play a game that valve can't balance. I have to pay 400 for a glass bottle smh
Official Eren (30 days ago)
just hate it .... banning DaZed , Swag and all IBuyPower ??? FCKIN LIFETIME??TF
Rawb Wasab (1 month ago)
IeSF esports gender segregation doesn't matter because esports is male dominated for a reason: they are better players period.
AlphaWolf464 (18 days ago)
Rawb Wasab lol, not true. Girls aren’t as common in competitive games, but I don’t think there’s any proof. If you can show me legit evidence for that claim, please do, but you’re clearly pulling stuff out of your ass.
xXJackirBlackBloddXx (1 month ago)
owl is NOT a step towards proffessionallism, it's a step backwards
yaroslav coloskov (1 month ago)
barely mentioned Solo's 322, even thought it's still a meme to this day...
Nigel Baboolal (1 month ago)
Looking up is cheating? Maybe the organizers need to do a better job planning their stage layout.
Pedro Sugiyama (1 month ago)
Dreamkasper (playing for the Boston Uprising in the Overwatch League) got arrested for sexually harassing a girl.
Nadim Kazi (1 month ago)
0:53 is that Snax?
Nate Tidwell (1 month ago)
Imagine calling Dazed the best IGL. Lul.
kys (1 month ago)
csgo and short competitive lifespan? god,how high was the guy writing the script?
Attysu (1 month ago)
Might as well add on how Remilia was treated by that one guy who lied to her about her medical expenses being paid if she played and being forced to play while in pain from surgery and stuff.
SeniorsGoneWild (1 month ago)
dreamkazper :d
Steven4547466 (1 month ago)
It's not really a scandal if everyone knew about it
Just Jake (1 month ago)
Theyre back babaaayy
Rick Rickson (1 month ago)
I don't see how its cheating if you all go random
judi2.0 2 (1 month ago)
6:45 they were right, women are slower then men by 1 frame and rember every frame fucking counts
judi2.0 2 (1 month ago)
But hearthstone is kind qeustionable, since it's more chess then skill
Kroniside (1 month ago)
*H E Y !* ITS TMARTN HERE!
Maya C. (1 month ago)
So weird..separating men and women on an e sport???? Its electronic??? The girls can choose male characters and the guys can choose female characters? How the hell??? Wtf?!?!?
Robin Nilselid (2 months ago)
I love how a male only tournament got some much hate but there are alot of female tournaments every year in different esports
Pyrex TV (2 months ago)
But you dont see woman and men playing basketball football boxing ect do you? Esports should be the same
Hender (2 months ago)
CSGO=best esport.
HIIAMKAM (2 months ago)
“Redditer”
Sakkehattu (2 months ago)
About that gender divided tournament. Its stupid, for sure. I think esports tournaments should be "gender neutral", as in both men and women (and attack helicopters) should be allowed in the same teams and tournaments. What I don't get is, there are female only CSGO tournaments etc, but no one is losing their shit because of that?
Eat Sleep League (2 months ago)
i am so happy to b a Part of this community where we play games and try make them better no matter what other call us and say about us we know who we are and what we are doing #Gaming for life ^__^... nice vid.
skotgun (2 months ago)
so... nothing on the BS that happened with the FGC and MLG in 2005 or 2010? sad.
Qimodis (2 months ago)
No 'chance of redemption? What?
Marcus Mitchell (2 months ago)
If there are female only leagues, why aren't we allowed to have male only tournaments?
LFX Gaming (2 months ago)
6:06 Jesus christ M0E has really let himself go he looks well buff there 😂
TheVoicz (2 months ago)
The number one scandal? Naming competitive gaming an actual sport. 🤣
AnimateLing (2 months ago)
Overwatch league has a pedophile in its history now
Jackson Hayes (2 months ago)
Dreamkazpers a pedo
Anton Henricsson (2 months ago)
"the world was furious" Literally never heard of that being a thing.
Whiterun Guard (2 months ago)
I swear I thought the video title said "Growing Penis"
AndersRDH (2 months ago)
Alright calm down, iBUYPOWER wasn't nearly as good as this video is making them out to be, they weren't even top 10 in the world, arguably not even the best in NA.
Ronster1703 (3 months ago)
“So we found this new site” meme perfectly underused.
Pfitz (3 months ago)
Seriously though TMartn and Syndicate couldn't have done a worse job at not getting caught. They literally left all that information in plain sight in public. No clever tricks or attempts to obfuscate the information they were literally publicly listed as the owners and operators.
Tr Ik (3 months ago)
The craziest part about the no female thing is that now the female leagues don't allow males. But the male leagues still allow females, they're just hardly ever good enough to play with the males.
Someone Nonexistent (3 months ago)
AND WE FOUND THIS NEW SITE CALLED CSGOLOTTO
IIMadi Dah QuinceII (3 months ago)
i have growing pains as i type this my worst ever growing pain ever was when i was 7 or 8 and i was on the ground screeching in pain un able to talk i could only point i pointed to the tub so i can have a hot bath it helped ;D
Sam (3 months ago)
First song?
Alpha Raccoon (3 months ago)
Nothing about smash or any fighting games just mobas really like come on
Alpha Raccoon (3 months ago)
Nothing about smash or any fighting games just mobas really like come on
lilfentanyl (3 months ago)
i hardly feel that an all mid all random match would at all infringe upon the spirit of the sport in any way
cancr (3 months ago)
Damn this is interesting throw in segacryon and exalted crown and we have somethingg
【OverBored】 (3 months ago)
you didn't put wings gaming scandal
christian schulz (3 months ago)
Its so funny how blizzard tries to force Overwatch as an E-Sport, a little message for you overwatch meta is fucking boring
Raioni (3 months ago)
The gender one is hardly a fuckin scandal.
officialmcdeath (3 months ago)
Yet again no mention of JoshOG in the CS:GO Lotto story. Also missing Phantoml0rd :-(
Ryan Liu (3 months ago)
I was so sad when life was found out for match fixing. He was one of my favorite players too
Vocal Fry (3 months ago)
I am so sick of the fake high standard any E-sport pretends to have. All of the entrants are on anphetamines.
Vocal Fry (1 month ago)
jbfarley what do you call Adderall then you simpleton?
jbfarley (1 month ago)
Vocal Fry no
roufdrapht (3 months ago)
Overwatch isn't competitively viable. Throwing money at it won't help.
Prepubescent Donger (3 months ago)
Valve is a shitty company
Surenda Otoko Second (3 months ago)
No mention of 322?
Chris Zweber (3 months ago)
@1:17 WTF do the Timberwolves vs Mavericks have to do with esports scandals? Bjelica is awesome bench talent on this years Wolves playoff squad still
interstellartravel (4 months ago)
The all random match is the biggest bullshit in the history esports. That should have been allowed because they all earned the right to be there. They didn't intentionally throw, they made a much more exciting match.
Kourosh Adli (10 days ago)
interstellartravel but thats not the problem the problem was that they decided they would split the money 50/50 no matter who wins
The Completionist Guide (4 months ago)
CSGO's short competitive lifespan? Fuck off
Moments • (4 months ago)
E S P O R T S R E A D Y
mish mush (4 months ago)
skadoodle wasnt in the deal!!!
Grim Enigma (4 months ago)
And in 2018 overwatch league happened
GreatGregorious (4 months ago)
I still think tom and tmartin should be in jail
N1Z3L (4 months ago)
3:15 Nostalgic casters.
I still remember faker crying at world's 2017 :'(
A Becerra (4 months ago)
xQcOw
Hunter Richards (4 months ago)
MLG My Basement here in COLOUMBUS!
Alex Brown (4 months ago)
If I was playing with that stage flaw I know 100% that I would not be able to stop looking
Sean Miller (4 months ago)
1:16 crispy beef tacos
Robin (4 months ago)
Glad you included the original big scandal (sAviOr and others matchfixing in SC1). I remember how sad it was watching that unfold in real time, waiting for translations of loads of Korean things, waiting to see who else you liked would be implicated..
Pedro Costa (4 months ago)
Life was a really good player, I kinda wanna know how he is doing today in StarCraft II. It was disappointing to hear about such scandal.
BRYAN ORTIZ (4 months ago)
ugh... People these days...
neonicon (4 months ago)
i don't see the problem with the all random mid fight as long as both teams still try to win what would it matter... yea not how the game is ment to be played but how is it cheating?
looking for small dads (4 months ago)
that last paragraph must feel like egg on your face after seeing how OWL has handled players being mean outside of the game and league lmao
DMGED 1621 (4 months ago)
F*cking LOL players

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