eSports Conventions Return: The Redemption of Leading Commentator, D’Ron Maingrette
As the country begins to reopen there is a ton of excitement around the re-emergence of onsite events and actual human interaction. One of the things I am most excited about is that esport events are scheduled to resume in person as soon as later this year with a number of tournaments trying to bring back not only the events but also the opportunity for these close knit communities to reunite. One of the most popular series has consistently been the Super Smash Bros. events which consistently pulled in hundreds and thousands of competitors and fans to their events and were notoriously a fun affair in regard to both the tournament play and the surrounding social events. That’s why when doing some research around the events and trying to see if there were some local events to attend I was taken aback to find numerous articles regarding underage drinking and negativity.
While poking around, I bumped into a statement released this past week from one of the largest names in the community, D’Ron Maingrette, regarding seemingly false allegations that were made against him in a truly sad story as I dug further in. Maingrette was previously the go-to for commentary at the events and even made it into the Wall Street Journal for his involvement when Super Smash Bros players took over Bryant Park but from what I have been able to gather an unfortunate series of events just prior to the COVID-19 surge left him on the “outs” and out of respect to the community he had held publicly addressing the matters until recently.
Maingrette released a detailed and documented accounting of all the events leading up to the accusations made against him and the various notable interactions which for an outside party, the detail and transparency made it much easier to get a full comprehension. The unfortunate reality is that it appears everything surrounding Maingrette and the other parties involved represent everything that the esports community is looking to solve and provide a safe haven against for the participants; bullying, self shame, and reckless drinking. Therefore, I thought I would summarize some of the key failings that I think can serve as a learning opportunity for everyone as humans.
For those that don’t have the time or interest, the incident Maingrette was involved can be summed up in short as boy & girl meet (boy is a community celebrity); everyone drinks excessively and everyone over the age of 18 year old are served alcohol, Maingrette has an intimate encounter and the woman at some point during the evening experiences the byproduct of alcohol poisoning and vomits. The following day the woman is ridiculed and feels she is the “butt of everyone’s joke” and that Maingrette was somehow responsible for teasing her and therefore the…
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