A CS:GO streamer named Adam ‘Loop’ Bahriz was bullied on, then kicked from, a pick-up game on esports site ESEA. After a touching groundswell of sympathy from the CS:GO community, he’s received thousands of dollars in donations and been offered a professional streaming contract with EnvyUs.
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PDeeee has a rundown of the story on Reddit, with clips of comments made to Loop during the stream. They’re not easy to listen to – it seems his teammates assumed he was trolling after he used a keybind to send a message explaining his condition immediately after joining the game.
Those teammates apologised later in the ESEA forums. One says “after I checked his Twitch I realised he was for real. I apologise but it was an honest misunderstanding.” The other says “we’re honestly really sorry it happened and that you weren’t actually a troll, good luck in the future”, then posts again, saying “we’ve all seen it happen dozens upon dozens of times where it’s some 12 year-old kid thinking they’re funny joining a game and instantly pressing their bind… all four of us felt bad after we checked and found out he wasn’t kidding.”
Whether you want to give them the benefit of the doubt or not, here’s the happy ending:
Hey @FDN_Loop, we want to offer you a contract to stream and represent our team. Let's do this.
— Team EnVyUs (@TeamEnVyUs) April 18, 2017
Or so you’d think. The Reddit thread announcing EnvyUs’s offer to Loop – which is at the top of the CS:GO subreddit at time of writing – includes a number of cynical comments accusing them of making the offer for PR purposes, or arguing there are other hard-working streamers who deserve it more.
The most-upvoted comment, which comes from SpeedyBlueDude, shuts that line of thinking down pretty neatly: “yes it’s not fair that some streamers who work hard for years will never reach the level of success Loop has. Yes it’s really lucky that the community decided to be nice and donated $10,000+ in a day to Loop.
“Let him enjoy this shit. Loop is disabled and has a hard life. If we can make it so someone who probably gets looked at like he’s weird by strangers in public can have some enjoyment and success in doing what he loves, let’s do it.”
As EnvyUs themselves say, they could offer contracts to lots of teams for PR. They chose Loop because he “just deserves it. He’s obviously been through more tough moments than most people. We were just touched by that and how good he is at CS.”
And they’re not kidding; take a look at this Scout flick Loop made when he was featured on Freakazoid’s stream. Let there be no doubts about his skill.
If you’d like to ask Loop about the last few days, he’s doing an AMA on Reddit tomorrow at 21:00 BST (13:00 Pacific).
Reddit AMA on r/CSGO tomorrow at 1 P.M PST! (8 P.M UTC)
Ask me anything, about my disease, CS, life, sports, ESEA situation, etc!
— Adam Bahriz (@FDN_Loop) April 19, 2017