Man is being disciplined by employers after livestream of him riding in car topped row over live game events in race for MVP title
Driver suspended after gamer raced using his name in esports event
An active-duty US soldier has been suspended from his job at Google after he livestreamed himself racing at a professional gaming event using the name of a lieutenant colonel who is raising funds for charity.
Crockett from eBay won, followed the money and livestreamed himself as he battled Ryan from eBay to win the Millions of Heroes Professional League Mr Gaming MVP Championship.
A video showing the two fighting their way across a map was posted on YouTube. It showed both men using their real names.
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The fight for the MVP title offered $200,000 to the highest finisher in the Professional League of Legends tournament. Ryan “Crockett” Gran from Las Vegas holds the title.
The former US marine from Indianapolis ran his own business for nine years before getting hired at Google, and is still being paid. While some of the overtime is covered by his employer, local authorities said he’s on unpaid leave until his job is resolved.
“We looked into it and determined that he did not violate Google’s policies regarding hate speech or use of impersonation in our products,” Brian Huseman, Google’s spokesman for policy communications, told the Wall Street Journal.
The head of esports for the Royal Bank of Scotland, Simon Smith, called for sterner enforcement of the rules for esports, saying websites devoted to online gaming should have a clearly designated harassment policy.
During a gaming tournament for charity in Las Vegas, I win a heap of shit cash after duking it out in the bunch to win the Mr Gaming MVP championship this 1st person mode. @Fightfor5k @dory_xu @Dryden_87 @VoiceOdds @austin (@CharlyRosejr) December 14, 2018
“It’s cool that such a large chunk of people are following the league, but it can also get a bit too personal and specific,” Smith said. “I’m not sure many people would try to target celebrities as well as highly ranked gamers.”