What was supposed to be a celebration of the Rocket League Esports impressive season quickly turned into a full-out discussion that spilt from Twitch over to Twitter and Reddit.
Members of the community and Twitch chat started spamming the following copypasta during the Team Vitality and Team BDS European Championship Grand Finals:
“❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT LGBTQ”
The Psyonix title has been facing backlash during Pride Month for including wheels, player anthems and users supporting the community with the long-tenured antenna Pride flag, all of which did not sit well with certain rocketeers.
The young demographic, also worth noting the largest concurrent player base Rocket League has held since its inception, has been vocal over socials, so much so that car-soccer personalities had to come forward to put their foot down.
Spacestation Gaming content creator Camila “Neatoqueen” immediately addressed her feelings: “Extremely disappointed with the way RLCS twitch chat erupted in homophobia... it did make me happy to see all the pride emotes flood the chat once they switched it to emote-only mode.”
Then, between the EU and NA Grand Finals, the season-long episodic First Touch podcast made a cameo for the halftime show, to which chat decided to mock the all-black majority in the cast and booth.
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“sAy nO tO rAcIsM bUT oNlY hAvE tWo wHiTE gUyS lMaO iM sO fUnNy”, caster Sean “Spaceman” Rogers tweeted mocking out the racist remarks.
There has been no word from Rocket League Esports or Psyonix regarding Championship Sunday’s incidents. We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.
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