Rocket League players fight back against pathetic homophobic trolls trying to ruin esports event
A Rocket League esports event on Twitch was raided by homophobic remarks, forcing moderators to initiate emote only chat.
For Pride month, developer Psyonix introduced a specific vehicle with rainbow coloured wheels, as well as new Player Anthems from LGBT+ artists like Lil Nas X and Troye Sivan.
However, a vocal portion of the game’s community have been upset about this inclusion.
And so, at the Rocket League Championship Series European Grand Finals match between Team Vitality and Team BDS, homophobic viewers raided the chat spamming the repeated line: “❗TPYE THIS IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT LGBTQ” (sic)
Moderators were forced to initiate emote only mode to avoid further repeats, where thankfully Pride emotes flooded the screen in response as Rocket League players rushed to show their support for the LGBT+ community.
Then, in between the EU and NA finals matches, a special edition of the podcast First Touch took place, where chat participants decided to mock the majority black cast.
Caster Sean Rogers responded afterwards on Twitter.
“Hey losers your racism is showing & I’ll remember all your names for the future :)” he remarked.
Lot of pathetic people in the RL Twitch chat upset about an all-black talk show
Hey losers your racism is showing & I’ll remember all your names for the future 🙂
Dazerin Roll Dizz and Tbates are the best content RL has ever had.
— Sean Rogers (@SpacemanSR) June 20, 2021
Streamer and Spacestation Gaming content creator Neatoqueen tweeted her disappointment.
“extremely disappointed with the way RLCS twitch chat erupted in homophobia,” she wrote. “It did made me happy to see all the pride emotes flood the chat once they switched it to emote only mode”
i can’t imagine it’s easy to moderate a chat that fast but i think people who spread unwarranted hate like that definitely deserve a permanent chat ban. hopefully they are being issued out & not just ignored 😔
— SSG neato. 🚀 (@neatoqueenRL) June 20, 2021
One response to her claims that “@RLEsports chat is always like that, it’s a toxic cesspool.”
Other players have voiced their concerns at the lack of moderation in the community.
30 minutes of thoughts:
1. Homophobia has no place in the Rocket league community, you shouldn’t be in this community if you act like that. Leave.
2. Rocket League please update moderation in main broadcast.
3. VITALITY JUST SWEPT BDS LFG
— SSG Widow (@WidowOnTwitch) June 20, 2021
— Rawrsenal (@Rawrsenal) June 21, 2021
Rocket League, do yourself a favor and get mods that actually care about what's being said in the chat. The things I've seen that were said were beyond disgusting and vile. I thought the RL chat was bad, they hit a new low today. It's inexcusable beyond this point.
— Krohnoh (@Krohnoh) June 20, 2021
Rocket League is a car racing sports game available as a free-to-play title across consoles and PC.
These matches bring the Rocket League Championship Series to a close. “We can’t thank everyone enough for all of the passion and love that was poured into RLCS X. From production, to the players, to the fans, this season has absolutely been one to remember,” said the official account.
However, they are yet to directly comment on the incident.
There have been so many memories and moments that have defined the longest season in RLCS history and they couldn't have happened without everyone involved. Thank you all for an amazing season. Until next time ✌️❤️
— Rocket League Esports (@RLEsports) June 20, 2021