The Top 10 Scandals and Controversies in Esports History

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Esports has grown exponentially from its humble roots. We went from the basements of convention halls to stadiums all over the world.
But that doesn’t mean we haven’t had hiccups now and then. And by hiccups, we mean catastrophic scandals.
Here are the Top 10 Scandals in Esports.
Written by: Sebastien Martin-Schultz (@Seb_dot)
Edited by: Brendan Fahey (@Drillbit_)
Hosted by: Colin McNeil (@McNeilColin)
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  1. Brian Heaton
    Brian Heaton
    2 ditë më parë

    5:16 Blizzard hires very handsome women.

  2. Sirris
    5 ditë më parë

    Rick was universally loved across most esports scenes. Poor guy :c

  3. bknights
    7 ditë më parë

    Top scandal is that mustache brother. Shave that bullshit off your lip 🤣

  4. Grant Sajdak
    Grant Sajdak
    7 ditë më parë

    Imagine banning someone for saying free Hong Kong

  5. Diamond Lewis
    Diamond Lewis
    8 ditë më parë

    I’m catching up on my eSports history and Rick Fox was apart of it???

  6. K V
    K V
    8 ditë më parë

    Blizzard really should’ve just let him be. I understand maybe removing the video or asking him to redo it. (Still shouldn’t have because message of equality >>> cash) But by doing all of the rest, they’re just basically standing w the Chinese government.

  7. MisterZalgo
    9 ditë më parë

    ey dont show the hawai politician speaking about lootboxes as valves fault thats trucking EA games

  8. MisterZalgo
    9 ditë më parë

    the olaf boost is not a cheat or Warren disqualification, its in my opinion a team that found a new tact on a map. if its such a problem valve can remove it!

  9. MisterZalgo
    9 ditë më parë

    man can we please stop the cancel culture? of people who say stupid shit should get punished but come on "deleting" them is not a solution!

  10. Project 062
    Project 062
    10 ditë më parë

    Number 1 should have been the EA Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box scandal. That one forced every nations hand to go after EA

  11. Twiztid Jester
    Twiztid Jester
    10 ditë më parë

    Best eSports competitors: Asians Best eSports cheaters: also Asians

  12. Thomas Furman
    Thomas Furman
    11 ditë më parë

    If you're over 18... You can do what you want. If youre under 18... Your parents allowing you to use their credit card makes them retarded. No need for the government to step into this

  13. boi star
    boi star
    12 ditë më parë

    Olaf boost is just big brain time

  14. Nova Noir
    Nova Noir
    15 ditë më parë

    Valve : *player doing gambling scene, without their approval* Justice System and Politician : "This is why vidya game is evol" EA : *encouraging player to buying loot boxes that basically gambling, lockdown fully paid game inside paywall, and some shady stuff* Justice System and Politician : "As the video gaming scene is not essential to our life that can wait, we have more pressing matter to deal with"

  15. Dino Geek
    Dino Geek
    16 ditë më parë

    So Tfue is whining even though he has like 15 million

  16. Samuel Verghese
    Samuel Verghese
    19 ditë më parë

    #1 was epic 😂

  17. Milán Tóth
    Milán Tóth
    20 ditë më parë

    The olof boost scandal still enrages me. Like it was legit the part of the map. Nothing illegal. No bug use. It was part of the map. Fuck you ldlc

  18. chrisweiss0604
    26 ditë më parë

    "I make my living off gaming and peoples hard work I dont stand for anything that stops thst besides me"

  19. badgameratall 16
    badgameratall 16
    27 ditë më parë

    I should from my old cod mw clips

  20. Carl alarcos
    Carl alarcos
    27 ditë më parë

    cs go scandals hit the local community's hard especially trust issues during online matches bec of cheating

  21. Ben Wouters
    Ben Wouters
    Muaj më parë

    ey tmartn thanks for fucking my lootboxes in belgium

  22. heeman 2
    heeman 2
    Muaj më parë

    The alert drain greely ignore because degree largely admire during a plain lipstick. pointless, lively acrylic

  23. Joshua Razo
    Joshua Razo
    Muaj më parë

    i hate hat strikers pack arent banned

  24. Keaton Castillo
    Keaton Castillo
    Muaj më parë

    RIP Echo Fox. Rick Fox was easily one of the most "normal" people that accepted professional gaming for what it is...unlike most people over the age of 30

  25. David Lee
    David Lee
    Muaj më parë

    I just fucking love Rick Fox!

  26. Jarvis Rosales
    Jarvis Rosales
    Muaj më parë

    LDLC = Left Dazed, Left Confused

  27. jesarel raices
    jesarel raices
    Muaj më parë


  28. Dwayne Wade
    Dwayne Wade
    Muaj më parë

    wait, is this the rick fox that played with kobe and shaq in the 2000's???

  29. Chibs
    Muaj më parë

    kuku lang malakas

  30. Chris Plays
    Chris Plays
    Muaj më parë


  31. John Aethelred Angeles Cruz
    John Aethelred Angeles Cruz
    2 muaj më parë

    Im a filipino myself and I have NEVER said anything racist in my entire gaming history. I felt bad for him.

  32. VelcroLegend
    2 muaj më parë

    So we found this new site

  33. Jerome Schad
    Jerome Schad
    2 muaj më parë

    who remembers IBuyPower when they played rocket league

  34. Christopher Briggs
    Christopher Briggs
    2 muaj më parë

    10:26 hes reading a script poorly. if you want to win hearts and minds you have to show some realism.

  35. Ksiondz
    2 muaj më parë

    U forgot to mention that Faze Clan owned one of this CS go Gamblings site (csgo wild) and bought a cs go team for scam money

  36. D
    2 muaj më parë

    China is an evil country and the Chinese Communist Party is a crime syndicate

  37. Alexa F.
    Alexa F.
    2 muaj më parë

    If there's anything I learned it's that CS:Go has a lot of scandals

  38. karljo mata
    karljo mata
    2 muaj më parë

    How good is Blizzard taking care of their games?

  39. Adam Roth
    Adam Roth
    2 muaj më parë

    The super smash bros abuse scandals are 1000000x worse than all of this combined

  40. Its Freddie
    Its Freddie
    2 muaj më parë

    Imagine making 20m and still crying over a contact, look into music contracts they get fucked 100x worse......

  41. Remi Tran
    Remi Tran
    2 muaj më parë

    No Solo's 322 scandal? The scandal gave birth to a meme that reverberated throughout all esports scene

  42. Mehul Mewal
    Mehul Mewal
    2 muaj më parë

    Amit Raizada tmkc

  43. TheGreatMrMagoo
    2 muaj më parë

    How is the blizzard china fuck up not number 1? Was international news!

  44. spike001ton
    2 muaj më parë

    So guy burns his whloe org because one of the investors said some naughty words. I dont feel bad for him.

  45. harmmany214
    3 muaj më parë

    lol shitzard games.

  46. Franc Archer
    Franc Archer
    3 muaj më parë

    China banning Kuku was just right after saying those racial slurs, but there is blatant double standards as Chinese pros also are often left unpunished for doing the same to all races they face against.

  47. Rogy Pete.
    Rogy Pete.
    3 muaj më parë

    isnt csgo+18? so why they want to "protect the minors", if they shouldnt be allowed to even play the game? so guns and violence is okay, but when thers gambling, whold my brath.

    1. NiwelsTV
      2 muaj më parë

      Cs go is 16+

  48. Thicc Fish
    Thicc Fish
    3 muaj më parë

    You missed that someone during the Rick fox incident had sent death threats against his family

  49. giant sequoia
    giant sequoia
    3 muaj më parë

    Optic snubbed, kinda insulting it is being erased from history

  50. LJNIXONs fishy body guard
    LJNIXONs fishy body guard
    3 muaj më parë

  51. Volk Stärke
    Volk Stärke
    3 muaj më parë

    You should just get over it. The guy used a racial slur. Who cares?

  52. Tatertoot 132
    Tatertoot 132
    3 muaj më parë

    You guys just missed the massive smash ultimate scandals

  53. Gamesalot420 Some skills required
    Gamesalot420 Some skills required
    3 muaj më parë

    Going to jail over a game should have been number 1

  54. Dank Mheems
    Dank Mheems
    3 muaj më parë

    I heard one of them used to rub glue on his keyboard before every game.

  55. kale
    3 muaj më parë

    The cameraman is a hater for saying what he said at the end of the video🖕🏽🤣

  56. Senpai The Explorer
    Senpai The Explorer
    3 muaj më parë

    i am new here and loving your channel!

  57. Humbellie
    3 muaj më parë

    When you remeber Korea takes their game scene so seriously, you can face jail time for cheating lol

    1. Jambus
      2 muaj më parë

      @Colin Smith yeah it sounds ridiculous cause it's gaming related but when you think about how much money is in esports, especially in korea, it makes a lot of sense for it to be a serious crime

    2. Colin Smith
      Colin Smith
      3 muaj më parë

      It's not about cheating it's about match-fixing, sure it's a kind of cheating but the person who wins may not even be in on it and really it's about the money. You can certainly face jail time in the US for fixing professional sports matches, The Black Sox Scandal is a classic example.

  58. Yikes
    3 muaj më parë

    Rick Fox played with Kobe and Shaq, I legitimately didn't know he had a stint with a eSports team

  59. Jared Watson
    Jared Watson
    3 muaj më parë

    Olof boost: legitimately clever play that requires deep knowledge of map design and doesn't technically break any rules Dreamhack: that's illegal anyway

    1. Morgan Ritson
      Morgan Ritson
      3 muaj më parë

      It does present an unfair advantage because it basically allows someone to snipe without being seen

  60. Who Cares
    Who Cares
    3 muaj më parë

    Yea, cause Valve totally didn't pander to China, there totally weren't empty seats during the grand finals, the crowd totally wasn't silent and everything was perfect.

    1. Morgan Ritson
      Morgan Ritson
      3 muaj më parë

      Yeah, lol. Weird how they kind of glossed over the fact that there have still been very lasting consequences

  61. Aierek
    3 muaj më parë

    Swag has been unbanned since last year

  62. destructahBoi
    3 muaj më parë

    xyp9x in the background like bruh 14:16

  63. Toad Wii Remote With Wii Motion Plus Inside
    Toad Wii Remote With Wii Motion Plus Inside
    3 muaj më parë

    Some people can never avoid drama

  64. Neenjah Rammus
    Neenjah Rammus
    3 muaj më parë

    The IBP perma bans seem pretty excessive. Most others on the list got something like a couple years suspension, maybe a fine or some community service, and were allowed to return. Granted apparently in Korea some of them pulled jail time too? Still that seems more fair than just a permanent ban from your job.

  65. Jeffrey Bozko
    Jeffrey Bozko
    3 muaj më parë

    You sound like that doctor on youtube

  66. Wendigo Xavier
    Wendigo Xavier
    4 muaj më parë

    On 15:17 I think they used word play to mask it. They "found" CSGO Lotto, which, to the majority of the folks watching, equates to the word "discover". But the word "found" can be used to "establish", or "create", hence we have words like "Founding Fathers", or something similar. A very good choice of words, ngl. So, technically, they disclosed it, albeit way too subtle to notice.

  67. Foo Foo
    Foo Foo
    4 muaj më parë

    Number 10 and 9 show such a contrast. Saying the n-word is unacceptable, but somehow saying racial slurs against China is completely fine. The hypocrisy, just wow.

  68. Dinostra
    4 muaj më parë


  69. Harley Vj-
    Harley Vj-
    4 muaj më parë

    'were trying to make it so those kids cant get those kinds of games' ...ya they are mostly rated r or 17+ cause of gambling microtransations and such. dont buy your 13 year old call of duty every fucking year karen

  70. ajeb
    4 muaj më parë

    pelepens numba wan

  71. Tanner Chapman
    Tanner Chapman
    4 muaj më parë

    i saw the last one and it said csgo betting scandal and immediately thought tmartn and boom his over active facial feature of him smiling filled my screen lol

  72. 1un4cy
    4 muaj më parë


  73. Lem Garillo
    Lem Garillo
    4 muaj më parë

    Is Rick Fox a player on Los Angeles Lakers?

  74. ben drilman
    ben drilman
    4 muaj më parë

    lol when they redo this list I imagine a lot of the spots will go to the smash community

  75. Dylan cereal reviews
    Dylan cereal reviews
    4 muaj më parë

    Should have talked about the league of legends Moscow 5 scandal

  76. Daniel Hover
    Daniel Hover
    4 muaj më parë

    If Faze didn't support Tfue. He wouldn't have been this rich or have the fame.

  77. DJ Corpus Defectus
    DJ Corpus Defectus
    4 muaj më parë

    Racial slurs my ass and that impacts the gaming skills? PLEASE STOP WITH THIS PC BS!!!

  78. Terapoint91
    4 muaj më parë

    Why did the guy who didn't want to be with a racist left, but when the same thing happened again but in China, the guy who said a racist slur got kicked?

  79. Shaw Maguire
    Shaw Maguire
    4 muaj më parë

    Can’t wait for part two of this where it’s all smash bros players

  80. Soggy Ramen
    Soggy Ramen
    5 muaj më parë

    All this has told me is that I fucking hate present blizzard

  81. USG BananaCake
    USG BananaCake
    5 muaj më parë

    Dear lord #4; Tfue is shit, I disagree with his lawsuit, he’s really dumb

  82. andrew barstow
    andrew barstow
    5 muaj më parë

    Its crazy that this video was released 5 months ago, because in 2020 we had a new #1 (or #2) biggest scandal in esports history in the FGC, and specifically around the smash bros community. That was about 3 months ago from today.

  83. crimster2670
    5 muaj më parë

    Why did u not include phantomlord in the skin gambling that is the biggest scam ever

  84. GetAnotherWordSon
    5 muaj më parë

    Gonna have to update the list this year

  85. bulvietis
    5 muaj më parë

    koreans take their esport seriously

  86. rudy nosa
    rudy nosa
    5 muaj më parë

    I like how the fox reporter just has to say. 'Whos a democrat' lol

  87. Raido Rumm
    Raido Rumm
    5 muaj më parë

    I feel bad for Rick.

  88. Cat
    5 muaj më parë

    The olof boost seems like a big brain play

  89. Robo Host
    Robo Host
    5 muaj më parë

    how about WINGS scandal ?

  90. Matthew Stein
    Matthew Stein
    5 muaj më parë

    I guess the Overwatch League has done a good job then? Haven't heard of any scandals in it, yet.

    1. zombiewafle
      28 ditë më parë

      Cant have a controversy if your league is fucking dead lmao

  91. Ryland Fowler
    Ryland Fowler
    5 muaj më parë

    The entire DreamKazper situation shouldve been on this list.

  92. MuscleSheriff
    5 muaj më parë

    What was no. 4 about? Did the guy get conned by faze?

  93. Adonay Pichardo
    Adonay Pichardo
    5 muaj më parë

    its truly impressive what esports has become i would have never thought anyone would give a crap about dudes playing video games

  94. Olivia Duffield
    Olivia Duffield
    5 muaj më parë

    Thanks for the constant Trump ads.

  95. Rafattack _
    Rafattack _
    5 muaj më parë

    1:58 : "why a Filipino esports player was banned from a major Dota 2 tournament" If you guys think that's bad, you guys should try going to the Philippines, we have Internet cafes full of people screaming slurs and just straght up dumb shit here

    1. Arte
      3 muaj më parë

      Yeah, we even insult each other with racist words if it's too heated, I kinda miss doing that but I'm chill now

    2. death szn
      death szn
      5 muaj më parë

      Yup, especially the kids playing 1v1's.

  96. AyedhanPharm’r11
    5 muaj më parë

    People say esports and then it’s almost all LoL 😔😔

  97. Greg Esch
    Greg Esch
    5 muaj më parë

    On the spot 1: Luckily every ALfirstr now adds for VPNs so you can bybass local laws and still buy your loot boxes :)

  98. Yorick Westendorp
    Yorick Westendorp
    5 muaj më parë

    how is that blizzards fault¿¿¿

  99. AlexJ
    5 muaj më parë

    I just really feel bad for Rick Fox dude. He is just such a sweet and passionate fan when it comes to eSports, even better when he was a former NBA champion. I can't believe he was facing through all this. I really hope I get to see him back in the eSports scene as a supporting role

  100. Ains Ooal Gown
    Ains Ooal Gown
    6 muaj më parë

    Why the Chinese people were so mad at Kuku for saying "ching chong"?