Current CS:GO commentator and former Overwatch League expertise Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat’s title has surfaced on the web following anti-trans feedback concerning ESL Impact season two, a CS:GO event for marginalized genders that was finalized yesterday.
“I’m afraid that you’ve been misled into believing that men can become women and vice versa,” Semmler stated in a YouTube remark yesterday after the conclusion of ESL Impact season two. “Men should not be competing in a female league.”
It didn’t take lengthy for Semmler’s remark to spark reactions within the CS:GO group—primarily backlash. But that didn’t forestall Semmler from increasing on his transphobic views on Twitter.
“Yes, I care about the integrity of the league for the female players,” Semmler stated. “If the female players want to have a league to compete amongst themselves, they should get it. Allowing men to compete in that league defeats the purpose of the league.”
Aside from questioning Semmler’s anti-trans stance, the esports group additionally referred to as out Semmler for being a hypocrite and for pretending to be on girls’s aspect. After ESL unveiled the creation of the circuit, Semmler stated in 2021 there could be no purpose for ladies to compete with males if they might get a “guaranteed payday” in a “far less” aggressive setting. Semmler additionally mocked the creation of the Impact circuit again then by asking when an “all-men” CS:GO event could be scheduled.
“He obviously has no clue what it’s like to be transgender human, and that’s exactly why he shouldn’t be making these comments,” a CS:GO fan wrote on the sport’s subreddit. “Our nerdy gaming community should be at the forefront of diversity, inclusiveness, and acceptance.”
Semmler barely obtained to solid CS:GO video games on official broadcasts this yr. He stayed on the sidelines for probably the most half apart from casting on the BLAST Premier Fall Final over the previous few days. His final gig as a commentator previous to that was on the PGL Stockholm Major in November 2021. Semmler has not apologized for any of his feedback.
ESL Impact season two topped the dominant yr Nigma Galaxy had within the marginalized CS:GO circuit. ANa, Ksenia “vilga” Klyuenkova, Alexandra “twenty3” Timonina, Viktoria “tory” Kazieva, and Katarína “Kat” Vašková defeated FURIA within the grand finals similar to they did at ESL Impact Valencia and ESL Impact season one earlier this yr.