Dota 2 tournament hosts issue apology for ending broadcast with weird girl montage

Kiev Major organisers apologise for their weird Girls of Kiev video at the end

The Dota 2 Kiev Majors are now over, with Europe-based team OG taking home the winner's trophy, as well as a hefty cheque for a million dollars. But despite all of the excitement and drama of the tournament, it seems to be a very short video clip which closed out the event that has dominated the post-contest discussion. In fact, it has caused so much controversy that an apology has now been issued on Reddit.

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Esports broadcasting company PGL, who have been hosting international gaming events since 2002, decided to finish up the Kiev Majors with a montage of young ladies. Some of them were cosplaying, some were simply watching the games, others were eating french fries in slow-motion. But regardless of what they were doing, the decision has caused quite a stir, with many commenters feeling that it was discriminatory, insulting or just plain creepy.

Kiev Major organisers apologise for their weird Girls of Kiev video at the end

Peachy, a Dota 2 player and manager for Desoladies which is an organization built on creating a welcoming and uplifting environment for women in the Dota 2 community, responded to the montage on her blog. In it she points out that “literally every single woman I’ve talked to in the Dota community deals with some kind of discrimination and just wants to be treated like a normal fan. We don’t expect trolls or simple-minded Dota players to change, but at the very least we do expect and hope that major organizations (hello, PGL handles some of the biggest Valve events) to not encourage or condone this kind of treatment.”

Amidst all of the criticism and backlash, PGL saw fit to remove the video from their Youtube channel. But you can still see them in the Twitch clips below:

In the end PGL issued an apology, admitting that “a lot of people were disappointed and the high expectations set for us were not met. We let you down, and the clip does not reflect PGL's values, team diversity or broadcast philosophy.” It goes on to add that they “have the utmost respect for the Dota 2 community and, going forward, the video production workflow will be improved with additional checks and quality filters to ensure that mistakes like this will not happen again.”

For a detailed breakdown of the Kiev Major 2017, head on over to its Dota 2 wiki page. If you’re feeling brave then you might want to give the game itself a try. Dota 2 is free to play on Steam.

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3 Months ago

Don't care about the issue really but that montage was really stupid ;D

Why would any professional think it is ok to show crap like that? Perhaps when the actual content is even more boring.

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brmorgen82 Avatar
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3 Months ago

rofl... online gaming has been an absolute nasty, competitive cesspool since I was plaing Warcraft 2 on Kali in 1996. Nothing has changed. These whiny women make me laugh, when you're competing against hardcore nerds then insults will fly, it's always been that way.

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3 Months ago

What of this has to do with actual competition or hardcore nerds spewing insults?

This is a situation where a so-called professional media broadcaster ended the coverage of an event they were paid to handle with an arguably tasteless montage. There's little to nothing about it that has anything to do with the nasty attitudes you deal with while playing the actual game.

Though the misguided attitude YOU present may be indicative of one of the bigger issues plaguing the growth of gaming within mainstream media.

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