Riot's decision to open an office in Australia has brought out the worst in some people, says Alex.
By Alex Walker on March 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm
My perception this week has been a little warped, courtesy of the insanely high level of pain-killing drugs I’ve been enjoying. One of the side effects is that you tend to relax — perhaps too much — and you have a slightly longer view on things. After all, it’s not like you’re in any hurry.
The same, I’m afraid, cannot be said for our lovely, local eSports industry.
Jobs can be hard to find, particularly in the creative sector. Jobs in gaming itself are even more difficult, and anything that even has an inkling towards eSports is like winning the lottery.
So I suppose the frenzied reaction when Riot Games announced earlier this week that they were looking for a community manager and a head of eSports (aka. events organiser) was to be expected.
It’s a small pie; having observed and played my small part in competitive gaming for as long as I have, it’s still amazing that there is a pie at all.
But that isn’t any excuse for the bickering and blatant hostility, where everyone took turns to one-up and sh*t-talk each other, that took place.
A couple of clarifications. I’m not going to name names, for one, since I know all of the individuals involved and I happen to like them very much. That doesn’t mean I have any qualms about calling them out publicly (they’ll know who they are), since they should know better.
If you’re going to lead a community, if you’re going to be the public face of an organisation, you shouldn’t be playing in the mud. Even if you’re the kind of unprofessional scum that likes to operate that way, you still don’t do it publicly.
The posts have since been deleted. I’ve even seen some suggestions that everyone is actually really supportive of each other, and it’s one of the hallmarks of the Australian community that everybody is so close.
Bull. The only advantage in being close that I saw this week was that it reduced the distance between a knife and the nearest spinal cord.
Imagine if you’re Riot, looking over potential applications, reading various CVs and scanning over everyone’s qualifications. Just for the heck of it — or maybe because social media is an important part of community management — you decided to search Facebook and you came across the ensuing melee.
Imagine how impressed you would be having seen public figures act like a group of pack rats. Would you want that representing your brand? Would you want someone prepared to abandon their personal integrity that quickly?
The pie is shrinking too. See the speed at which IPL 6 was cancelled, a month before the finals. Many players and fans have been left out in the lurch, with non-refundable tickets and shattered dreams.
It’s at times like these we need people to uphold their values, not throw them away. The people involved in this week’s charade are good, decent characters. So let’s set an example others can follow, instead of behaving like vultures.