A professional e-sports player changed his username to a racist slur, angering natives and non-locals. Dennis Johnsen, more widely known as “Svenskeren”, was invited to play with his team “SK Gaming” in Taipei, Taiwan as part of the League of Legends World Championships. SK Gaming is based in Europe, and plays mainly on the EU West servers.
On the Taiwanese servers, Johnsen changed his handle from “Jo_Denn” to “Taipeichingchong”, inciting outrage from ethnically East-Asian players and fans from not only Taiwan, but all over the world.
The words “ching chong” have long been regarded as insulting and disrespectful by Asian immigrants. They have been used to bully ethnic Asians, especially in communities where they are a small minority.
Upon discovering the new handle, many people immediately petitioned Riot, the creator of League of Legends, to ban Johnsen for his behaviour, calling it “racist” and “discriminatory”. Johnsen has since apologised for his actions, and has altered his name once again. He is now playing as “SvenskerenOxO”.
This is not the first instance where Johnsen has used inflammatory and insensitive language. Several months ago, he was reported to have typed anti-semitic insults in a post-game chat screen, and many others who have played with or against him have mentioned that he is “toxic”.
The World Championships competition is divided into four groups, with four teams each group. SK Gaming is the third seed in their group.They will compete against Team SoloMid, StarHorn Royal Club, and Taipei Assassins. This group will begin their competition starting September 20. The winners will advance to the quarterfinal round, which will be held in Busan, Korea starting October 3.
I’m pretty sure that his apology is totally fake, the kind where he says sorry only because he got caught and not because he actually feels bad about his actions. Why hasn’t Riot done anything about this? It gives them a terrible name, honestly.
Also, I’m just using this opportunity to practise my “journalistic” writing. I’m a noob! I can’t think of a headline and my lead sucks, but I’m sure I’ll get better at this with more practise.