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Navy’s Twitch Channel Sparks Controversy

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It hasn’t been an easy journey for the United States Armed Forces as they attempt to make an impact on Amazon’s popular streaming platform Twitch.

From the questionable conduct from the US Army’s Esports Team, to the push for the revoking of access to streaming as an attempt to recruit via Navy content creators, the efforts have left a bad taste in the collective mouth of the community.

Now, the Navy is under fire for their actions on stream as well, according to Kotaku.

According to the report, during one of the Navy’s recent twitch streams one player donning a dark-colored avatar named themselves “Gamer Word,” which, per the report, is a meme that references the N-word.

While others laughed and joked about the reference to the slur, Navy streamer Brandon Chandler seemed to find it funny as well, and even went as far as to say the people he was playing with were his “close friends.”

It didn’t stop there. A player in the same match used the name “Japan 1945,” which is a reference to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945. Another match took place later in the stream, and the players were then joined by someone calling themselves “Nagasaki”, which made another reference.

The Navy issued the following to Kotaku: “We recently had a stream of the game Among Us where three non-Navy affiliated users decided to use extremely inappropriate in-game usernames,” commander Lara Bollinger of the Navy’s public affairs office said in an email. “We do not condone those usernames and Navy Goats and Glory’s immediate response was not quick or correct. Our streamer should have immediately left the game and refused to play with users who were unapologetically inappropriate. The streamer’s reaction to the situation was unbecoming of a member of our team and he will no longer be streaming as a part of Goats and Glory. Additionally, we are re-evaluating how we vet users allowed to play with us on stream in an effort to ensure that this does not happen again.”

 

 

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NAVI Releasing Documentary on s1mple

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NAVI is getting set to release a documentary that will follow s1mple’s life and explore his “ups and downs” as one of the most recognizable esports players with insight from former and current teammates, his family, commentators, analysts, and “many others” from the industry.

“I remember the time when we just signed a contract in 2016,” NAVI CEO Yevhen Zolotarov said in an official press release. “Honestly, now it’s hard to believe that it was already five years ago. For the esports industry, five years is quite a long period of time.”

“S1mple is a legend not only for NAVI but for esports in general,” co-founder and CEO of DMarket Vlad Panchenko said. “Therefore, the items that will be dropping during the NAVI watch party stream are also legendary and unique.”

DMarket has created a “unique drop-game” with exclusive items dedicated to s1mple to coincide with the release of the doc, and Natus Vincerewill be premiering a documentary about him on Twitch next month, to celebrate his fifth year with the brand.

Additionally, a NAVI watch party is also set for the doc, set to air on one of their upcoming twitch streams set to take place on September 8th at 11am CT.

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Pengu Retires From Rainbow Six, Focusing on Content Creation

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Niclas ‘Pengu’ Mouritzen, who made a name for himself in the Rainbow Six universe and is considered one of the best players in the world, has officially announced his retirement from the game so that he can focus his attention on content creation.

“It’s been FIVE years. Five years of living my childhood dream, and getting to experience the most incredible things. I have stepped down as an active pro league player active as of this tweet,” Pengu said in a statement issued on his official Twitter page. “I can’t wait to show you what the future holds. But for now, we gotta be patient.”

G2 released a video to honor his contributions to the team, and his incredible career.

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Astralis Mid Laner ‘Nukeduck’ Steps Away from LEC Starting Lineup

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Astralis Mid Laner Erlend “nukeduck” Våtevik Holm is stepping away from the LEC starting lineup due to “personal reasons”, according to DOT Esports.

In a corresponding move, Astralis is currently in talks with other midlaners outside of the LEC, with free agent such as Felix “MagiFelix” Boström being among the names. MagiFelix parted ways with Fnatic last November.

Currently, Astralis has only one victory on the LEC, and is tied for ninth place with team Vitality, posting a 1-6 record over the first three weeks of competition.

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