Dunkey Slamdunked Himself, Not Riot
Recently a popular League of Legends streamer who is known by the handle “Dunkey” was banned for toxic behavior. He was a bit miffed about it, and decided to create a video about why he is “done playing League of Legends.” The video has already attracted over 2 million views, and has received so much publicity that Riot even made an official statement.
Dunkey was working on his rank, and was close to getting into Diamond. During a match-up that would have bumped him into the next bracket, a fellow teammate decided to feed the enemy and throw the game.
In the heat of the moment, Dunkey typed the following in chat:
“malphite you are a fucking worthless braindead scumfuck bastard pile of trash mental dickface that should be gunned down in the street like the degenerate you are [sic]”.
Dunkey received a temporary ban from Riot, (shocker). He then requested Riot to lift his ban because he is a popular streamer, and his request was denied. This is when my bullshit meter about Dunkey began to pique.
Dunkey, dude— I feel you. Trust me. I’ve been playing MOBAs for a couple of years now, and I would be a total hypocrite if I were to get on a high horse and judge you for losing your shit. I’ve said similar or worse to gaming trolls before. There’s something about MOBAs that just brings out the rageface in people, and makes you want to flip over furniture. I get it.
However, there are three things I find shitty about Dunkey’s attitude:
1) He feels that Riot owes him something for streaming their games.
2) He thinks toxicity is fun and part of the game, (but only when he’s doing it.)
3) He feels like he’s entitled to special treatment because he’s a popular streamer.
Dunkey discussed at length about how much he has done for Riot by streaming their game. He makes it out like Riot owes him his “simple” request to lift his ban so that he could finish making his videos. Don’t get me wrong. It is no small feat to achieve Dunkey’s level of success in a saturated market for streaming, but let’s not forget that part of his success comes from riding on the coattails of Riot’s brand.
There’s a reason why League of Legends streaming is so popular. There are millions of people all over the world who play the game and can relate to the content streamers create. Riot is basically handing streamers a market of 67 million people who play their game each month. So yes, Dunkey is helping them by providing further publicity, but don’t lose sight of the fact that he’s also using Riot’s brand for his gain as well. As far as I can tell, it balances out, and Riot owes him nothing.
Secondly, Dunkey is contradictory in his views of toxicity. At one point he says, “Talking shit is probably one of the only fun parts of this boring ass game.” Basically, what he’s saying is “Toxicity is only OK if I do it.”
OOOOH but the other player was different because he was feeding. Yes, feeding is toxic, but so is telling someone to die, and so is AFKing, hence, that is why Riot makes all of these reportable offenses from which players could be banned. Talking shit, intentionally feeding, and throwing the game are all forms of toxic behavior. According to Dunkey’s logic if it’s fun for him, then it’s an acceptable form of toxic behavior.
Which brings me to my last point, that Dunkey feels entitled to special treatment. If any of us other gamers were to say the same thing in our chat, and a player reported us, guess what would happen. WE WOULD GET BANNED!
Why should Dunkey get a pass when the rest of us would get banned? It’s the equivalent of Justin Bieber thinking he’s above the law and should get a pass for his DUIs.
OOOOH but the other player was feeding. So what? There’s an option to report those players at the end of the game. I’m not even knocking Dunkey for what he said. To be honest, I could see myself saying the same thing.
However, if I were to get a ban I would just chalk it up to “Yeap…I got caught”, and not whine about it. Suck it up and take ownership for your part in the situation. Dunkey could have actually taken this unfortunate incident and turned it into something comedic; instead, he chose to be salty.