Professional StarCraft II gamer Mihaylo “Kas” Hayda has been disqualified from the Fragbite Masters Season 3 tournament. The Ukrainian gamer posted to Twitter that he would “rape” his opponent, Madeleine “MaddeLisk” Leander.
Leander described the situation as “scary”, in a statement she made to Swedish media outlet eSport:
A few minutes into the first map the game was paused. I had no idea why but it was because of the tweet. The game went on and I lost 0-2. When the match was over I saw this. A tweet with the text “Going to rape some girl soon #fragbitemasters” written by my opponent.
I don’t even know what to say. I was very surprised to say the least. This coming from a pro player is scary. The organizers did what they could. They asked Kas to apologize and talked about it after.
Hayda – described as “one of the best StarCraft II players in Europe has apologised for his behaviour, saying that sometimes he posts “stupid tweets”:
Leander accepts Hayda’s apology:
After all of this I want to say that @cScKas said some really good things after everything. He is sorry. And I doubt it will happen again.
With that said. If you didn’t know: joking about rape is never ok. Ever. If you think it is, please unfollow me.
Unsurprisingly, Fragbite Masters organisers kicked Hayda from the competition, saying “We do NOT support that kind of behavior”. Many are unhappy with the decision, claiming that “rape” is just another word in gamer slang, meaning “to destroy”, and it comes with no gendered relevance in certain contexts. Leander – and many other gamers – disagree.