Blacklist International has released a statement regarding the discriminatory remarks that were targeted towards their team captain Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna.
After they lost their first match in MPL Season 7 yesterday against defending champion Bren Esports, the live chat was flooded with derogatory attacks toward OhMyV33nus. The comments got so nasty that even the casters had to speak up to stop the unfounded hate.
“Blacklist International believes that to #BreakTheCode means breaking barriers beyond gameplay. Ohmyv33nus is here to show everyone that esports knows no gender,” Blacklist wrote on their official Facebook page.
“No matter which MPL team or esports org you support, if you are someone who feels invalidated and discriminated in the world of gaming and esports because you are part of the LGBTQ+, we welcome you to our community. Let this be your safe space.”
OhMyV33nus, a member of the LGBTQ community, added that the gamers should focus on building a community that is equally accepting of all genders.
“We have to build a community of gamers where all genders are welcome to help each other get better at a game,” he stated.
“At esports, the skills needed to be better have nothing to do with being a man or woman nor being LGBTQ+ because we all have the capability of critical thinking which is crucial to gameplay.”