Envy Gaming management takes action after Dallas Fuel player Lee “Fearless” Eui-Seok spoke this week about racism he and his Korean teammates say they have met in Dallas.
Mike Rufail, the organization’s founder and Chief Gaming Officer, said Envy wants to increase security and asked others to fight racism when they see it.
I’m very sorry about the situations that some of our @DallasFuel players have been put in while walking the streets here in Dallas, TX. This is a great city in a proud state. This is not something we should be proud of at all, and everyone should make an effort to change it. pic.twitter.com/Sq7MGlco50
̵1; Mike Rufail (@ hastr0) April 6, 2021
Rufail does not often make political statements. He said so himself in the five-minute video he posted on Tuesday, and said that he usually sticks to games and esports. But this was something he had to admit after Lee’s Sunday clip, which was later translated from Korean into English, discussing the hatred the fuel received “basically every day.”
“Being Asian here is scary,” said Lee, translated by Florida Mayhem boss Jade “Swingclip” Kim. “Seriously. People are trying to keep fighting with us.”
The video comes from Lee’s Twitch stream on Sunday and was later posted on Twitter. Kim’s translation led several English-speaking members of the Overwatch League community to the conversation.
I do not know if I “go out of line” to translate something about what another team player is experiencing
but here is the complete translation of the fearless clip.
Please see some of what OWL players and staff face as Asians in America. pic.twitter.com/LZWvnRkuAx
– swingchip (@ swingchip930) April 6, 2021
Reports of hate crimes against Asians in the United States have increased since the start of the pandemic, per. New York Times, and on March 16, eight people were killed in spas in the Atlanta area, six of whom were Asian.
Rufail wanted the Envy management to know about the incidents with Lee and the Fuel earlier, so that they could possibly pursue action, but was pleased with Lee’s response in his video.
“I wish he would have told us as soon as it happened, so maybe there were things we could do to find out who these people were, and maybe there are things we could have done before,” Rufail said. “But at the same time, I told the fearless that he could always speak his mind, and that he could always be open about his experiences.”
Rufail acknowledged that he and Envy could not control what other people were doing, but were still looking at ways to increase security. Envy CEO Adam Rymer said on Twitter that the organization works through options.
“We have discussed adding security, personal security. We have already discussed with security in our building, who will when they are able to try to make sure that the players are safe when they are outside and around the building, “said Rufail. “I think this will develop a little as we move forward. We are still discussing what we can do to make them feel safe. “
We work with players and TeamOps to find out the best options.
– Adam Rymer | Envy (@Envy_Rymer) April 5, 2021
In the translations of Lee’s discussion, he mentioned that this happened to him and his teammates daily, and the lack of mask use applied to them. People even coughed at them and shouted racial accusations.
Being part of Dallas Fuel has helped Lee and his seven Korean teammates and three Korean coaches.
“That’s why I sometimes use my jersey on purpose,” Lee said. “If I wear the jersey, I think they realize that we are part of a kind of team, so they do not bother us so much. But if I wear my everyday clothes, they run up to us, harass us and run away. ”
Rufail said that the Fuel players did everything right, and that Fearless himself was “taken care of” by the response and concern from Envy. Right now, his team is focused on their Overwatch League season debut against the Houston Outlaws on April 16.
Rufail, who said he has experienced racist comments in esports even during his ten-year career as a player, wants players to feel safe.
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