In Defense of Professionalism: /u/ESPORTSREP Speaks Out

Posted 30th of Jul 2014 by Will Partin

Here at Evil Geniuses, like every major traditional sports organization, we strive to offer sponsorship only to the most well-mannered and culturally sophisticated of players. As a family man who shares our vision for the ascendency of professionalism in esports, /u/ESPORTSREP has been instrumental in ensuring that the Dota 2 community lives up to the sterling example set by the National Basketball Association. Today, we are pleased to offer an exclusive interview with /u/ESPORTSREP, sponsored by Monster, Kingston HyperX, Razer, PlanetSide 2, CyberPower PC, Design by Humans, Benq, and Need for Seat.

  • Will Partin

    When did you begin your vigilant defense of all things professionalism in the esports community?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    I began my defense of the professionalism and integrity of esports approximately a year ago. I was relaxing on twitch.tv, watching some players stream, and stumbled across EternalEnVy's stream. To my horror, Envy was not playing games, but rather, ILLEGALLY observing and restreaming a VP vs. iCCup game. Even more to my surprise, when I checked the new tab on Reddit, I did not find anyone making a thread about this behavior or reporting Envy to his sponsors. It seemed that Reddit simply did not care about professionalism in esports. It was at this moment that I decided to create a Reddit account, to protect the youth from corruption and to uphold the values of professionalism and integrity.

  • Will Partin

    Prior to TI4, you expressed concern that Kaci Aitchison might not receive an adequate amount of attention during The International 4. Do you think she received her due?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    I would like to think that a number of cyber athletes saw my Reddit thread and acted accordingly, as the interviews at The International were FANTASTIC this year. Gone were the off-the-cuff, entertaining, and unexpected interviews of yesteryear (e.g. iceiceice and Dendi's interviews at TI3), and in were the increasingly scripted, generic responses that we come to expect out of traditional sports, which is a step in the right direction. No one mocked the goddess Kaci for misspeaking (she was virtually bullied last year when she said "Michael" instead of "micro," and for her unintended innuendo about "hooking" that only a perverted man-child like XBOCT would point out). Overall, I was very pleased with her treatment at the event. I will say, however, that there was a disturbing lack of "shoutout" threads on Reddit for Kaci's hard work and dedication.

  • Will Partin

    Speaking of "unintended innuendo," at one point, /r/dota2 fixated upon a comment by ViCI Gaming's rOtk, in which he told Kaci "I want to see you every time." Was this an endearing bit of unfamiliarity with english, or a reprehensible double entendré?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    Most definitely the latter. rOtk has proved time and time again that he lacks the civility to be considered a true cyber athlete. From verbally assaulting other players at LANs, to making lewd passes at the goddess Kaci, this man is not fit to play Dota 2 professionally, much less captain a team. In keeping with the example of traditional sports, I think Valve should fine rOtk for making an offensive statement.

  • Will Partin

    TI4 also featured a panel of hosts including James "2GD" Harding. How did you feel about the members of the panel whose job it was to be the face of Dota 2 for mainstream audiences?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    I think the panel was mostly good this year, as the unique, quirky humor beloved by Dota 2 fans was replaced with a much more professional atmosphere. However, I would like to call out two individuals on the panel who are an EMBARRASSMENT to the scene: James Harding and Bruno Carlucci. With the whole world watching this event, the least these individuals could have done was look professional and wear suits. Instead, James at one point wore a hoodie, single-handedly destroying any credibility the event had. A friend of mine (who is an avid football fan from New England) happened to tune into the coverage of the event, but immediately threw up when he saw James' attire. Never in a million years would anyone involved in the New England football scene wear a hoodie to an event of this magnitude and for James to do so is an insult to the institution of esports.

    To make matters worse, Bruno chose the most appalling attire he could lay his hands on. His suit on the third day of the main event was so flashy and colorful that it caused my poor nine year old daughter Alexa to have an epileptic seizure. Who knows how many first time viewers might have tried watching the panel and experienced similar fits of epilepsy? With so many new people watching, we really must ensure that panel members present a professional appearance. Bruno might think that his suits are 'fun,' but they are, in fact, life-threatening for first time viewers with epilepsy.

  • Will Partin

    I imagine that you were also deeply disturbed that the racist team of Chinese nationalists, Newbee, won the event.

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    My nine year old daughter Alexa cried when Newbee won. I honestly think that Valve should strip them of their title for their xenophobic sentiment, which at this point has been confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt. Their refusal to scrim against DK is the biggest scandal the US has seen since Watergate, and, frankly, I'm surprised that it hasn't seen more coverage in the mainstream media. I myself wish that team Zephyr had won, as this would have sent the world a message about the power of friendship. But, alas, it was not meant to be and the vile racists prevailed.

  • Will Partin

    It looks like Mason may be retiring, based on some of his recent Tweets. Do you feel vindicated?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    I am incredibly glad that Mason is quitting Dota 2. Not only is he a disgrace to the professionalism of esports, but he is also a terrible player. The fact that Evil Geniuses got top three at TI4 has literally nothing to do with Mason. Anyone with skilled analytic powers like myself can see that Evil Geniuses would have performed identically if Mason weren't even in the game and they had played 4v5. Mason sported one of the highest KDA ratios of any carry player and rounded out the roster of the third best team in the world, but as we all know, he is a toxic personality and therefore cannot possibly be good at Dota 2. As I mentioned, I have incredible analytic knowledge about the game, and I never let my personal feelings about a player's behavior cloud my judgement, so trust me when I say that Mason was easily the weakest player at TI4.

  • Will Partin

    Your continued defense of professionalism is admirable, but does it have a negative effect on your personal life? What does Alexa's mother think of your eternal vigil for professionalism?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    Alexa does not have a mother, as she was immaculately conceived by the grace of God.

  • Will Partin

    Oh. Well, praise be unto him. That said, we cannot always protect those we love, and Alexa has been exposed to all manner of slurs because of your involvement in esports. Do you worry that her experience with professional Dota 2 will permanently damage her psychological development?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    I do worry sometimes. She often gets bullied at school because rumors get out that her father (myself) only lets her watch esports and that her mother ran away on account of my obsession with competitive gaming. The first of these rumors is true; I only let Alexa watch esports since they are the way of the future, featuring highly intelligent cyber athletes exercising fine motor control and lightning fast decision making in a competitive atmosphere. Traditional sports, on the other hand, feature none of these things. Sports like basketball are played by brutish apes who dribble balls back and forth. Frankly, I can't understand why anyone would watch traditional sports when esports are just objectively more interesting.

    As for the second rumor, that Alexa's mother ran away because I forced her to watch the ESPN2 coverage of TI4, this is an abject lie. As I mentioned before, Alexa was immaculately conceived.

  • Will Partin

    I promised someone I'd ask this. Do you, /u/ESPORTSREP, have an anime waifu?

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    Sorry, William, but I find this question rather unprofessional, and I really do not think you should be asking your interviewees such questions on the official Evil Geniuses website. Asking esports players and personalities about anime perpetuates the notion that Dota 2 players are lonely nerds who watch children's cartoons in their parents' basements. We must follow the lead of traditional sports coverage in all things, and that means 'fun' questions should not be allowed, as they come at the expense of professionalism, God's greatest gift to man.

  • Will Partin

    I stand corrected. One last question. Will you honor me with your shoutouts? I'd like our players to learn to do so in the most professional manner possible.

  • /u/ESPORTSREP

    I would like to shoutout to NEEDforSEAT for their support of professional posture in competitive gaming, to Razer, to HyperX, BenQ, and T-Mobile for being on the cutting edge of professional technology, to Monster Energy for being the most professional energy drink, and to PlanetSide 2 for simultaneously being a game and a sponsor – a truly remarkable feat.

    Also, shoutout to my friends Zar, Linus, Chris, Mario, slayers, No Regrets, nrootn, Alex, and JJ for their support in my crusade of professionalism.

    Finally, shoutout to Alexa – I cannot thank her enough and she is my pride and joy.

About the Author: Will Partin

Will Partin is a UNC Chapel Hill PhD student by day and highly mediocre online gamer by night. He joined the webstaff in 2012 as a StarCraft II and Dota 2 writer. In addition to interviews, recaps and previews, Will enjoys writing long form journalism on topics as diverse as the semi-pro scene and the history of Evil Geniuses. He frequently tweets about beer and its effects, and remains committed to life, liberty, and the 3gate Proxy Void Ray All-In.

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