02/17/2022 3:41 pm
It was recently revealed that Tanukana, a professional Japanese gamer who has participated in tournaments for PUBG, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege, and Tekken, has been fired from his teamCyclops Athlete Gaming, this after making a comment about people’s height.
On February 15, Tanukana made a steam, where he mentioned:
“Men who are less than 170 cm have no human rights.”
Although the professional gamer pointed out that she incorrectly expressed her love for tall people, and eventually apologized, this became a huge controversy in Japan’s eSports scene, resulting in Tanukana’s expulsion from Cyclops Athlete Gaming. This was the statement that was sent about it:
“The inappropriate comments from ‘Tanukana’ who belongs to ‘Cyclops Athlete Gaming’, hurt the hearts of everyone who felt uncomfortable and all the fans who supported us. We deeply apologize for causing a lot of inconvenience and suspicion to sponsors and all related parties.
As of February 17, 2022, we will cancel the player contract with ‘Tanukana’ who belongs to ‘Cyclops Athlete Gaming’. Inappropriate comments and attitudes during the ‘Tanukana’ stream on February 15, 2022 were not acceptable to us and terminated the player’s contract.”
Comments about people’s height, which were described as “hate speech”, were not the main reason for Tanukana’s dismissal, but rather this controversy caused that Alienware and Red Bull left the sponsorship of this organization.
At the moment it is unknown what will happen to Tanukana after his departure from Cyclops Athlete Gaming. This event is not only quite interesting, but it took place during the weeks in which eSports players have been officially defined in Japan. Among the regulations issued by the Japan Esports Union, it is mentioned that players must use the “self-awareness of being a professional”. That is, this type of comment, although harmless to some, should not be given. On related topics, GamersUnite already has its champion of FIFA 22.