Disabled CS:GO Player Bullied And Kicked From ESEA Match Despite Being A Top Player
Posted on Monday, April 17 @ 14:20:14 PST by Jonathan_Leack
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game that brings out the best and worst in people. While it pushes ambitious players to maximize their potential in mouse precision and group communication, its highly competitive nature is a common source of frustration. In many cases, this results in bad manners between players, and even bullying.
Most of the CS:GO community is well acquainted with toxic behavior, to a point where it's to be expected whether you're in a casual pick up game, or a competitive match where your rank is on the line. But some players are targeted more than others, whether it be because of the way they play or their voice—voice communication is vital in CS:GO.
Adam "Loop" Bahriz is an example of someone who deals with toxic behavior on a routine basis. Born with a disease which has left him legally blind and deaf, he is able to play video games, although with a significant handicap. As seen on Twitch, he plays with his face just a few inches from the monitor due to an obstructed cornea, relying on incredible aim and situational awareness to make up for his poor vision and inability to hear footsteps, to a point where he's currently ranked Legendary Eagle—a rank that only 9% of the community has ever achieved.
After visiting the dentist for a serious operation which further impacted his speech, Loop queued up for a competitive match in CS:GO this morning. Specifically, he entered a game on ESEA, one of the most highly competitive third-party platforms available for the game.
Before the beginning of the first round, Loop made an effort to alert his teammates to his situation, knowing that there's an expectation for players to communicate early and often. He said:
sup guys I got a lot of teeth removed due to a genetic disease so I can't speak that properly, I can still call but be nice.
The response from his teammates wasn't what he was hoping for. The team of players, consisting of GodManiac, Adviko, D34TH, and MadDecent- immediately went on offense, initially calling him "annoying". "You're muted already", said GodManiac after Loop tried to communicate further.
As with many people, Loop looks to video games as an outlet. The world isn't always a nice place, but when you're behind a TV or monitor it all seems to fade away. That is, unless you're playing multiplayer and someone decides to bring reality into the virtual world.
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