TobiWan stops esports after unwanted sexual advances accusations
Popular Dota 2 caster Toby ‘TobiWan’ Dawson says he’s leaving the esports broadcast scene after claims of unwanted sexual advances
DEBATE. Veteran caster Toby Dawson rejects all allegations, noting they’re ‘warped with fiction.’ Photo from Dota 2 The International
MANILA, Philippines – Dota 2 analyst Toby ‘TobiWan’ Dawson stepped down from the esports scene on Thursday, July 2, after claims of sexual assault and harassment surfaced online.
In a declaration published on Twitter, Dawson, among the most popular casters in Dota 2, said he will permanently leave the esports broadcast but stressed that he is “innocent of any crime.”
” It has actually been scary, watching my personal history being removed of all context, deformed with fiction then provided to the web as a reality,” said Dawson.
” Those who made severe accusations against me need to follow the correct procedure through the law, and not count on innuendo or proof devoid of analysis and both point of views.
” If my previous actions have actually upset anybody, I am extremely sorry for that and it was not my intent [to offend anybody],” he included.
On June 26, a cosplayer named Meruna accused Dawson of sexual harassment, stating that the analyst “might not take no for a response and initiated sexual activity against her clear and repeated desires.”
Aside from Meruna’s story, streamer and YouTuber Ashnichrist also posted a message exchange as evidence of Dawson’s unsuitable behavior while an artist called botjira on Twitter implicated the caster of pinning her down in a hotel room.
Following the claims, skill firm Code Red Esports announced that it will no longer represent Dawson while competition organizer Beyond the Summit blacklisted the caster from all its occasions.
Valve likewise got rid of TobiWan’s voice lines from the TI10 Battle Pass.
Fellow Dota 2 casters Troels ‘syndereN’ Nielsen and David ‘LD’ Gorman later announced that they will no longer work together with Dawson.
Content creator and independent caster Austin ‘Capitalist’ Walsh also expressed his assistance to TobiWan’s alleged victims and stated Dawson “attempted to prevent and minimize the repercussions of his actions.”
Recently, another Dota 2 commentator Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner walked away from the esports scene amid accusations of blackmailing and abuse of power.
Caster Grant ‘GranDGranT’ Harris was also dropped by esports company Evil Geniuses after allegations of sexual harassment came out online. – Rappler.com