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Banter in eSports


Is there something about eSports that gets under your skin? Makes you want to spam the mike, or maybe it is that you want a tactical advantage in an important game? Banter can play a huge role in whether or not you and your team can win at LAN, but isn’t necessarily the nicest or coolest way to do it. 

Some people will say anything and most get carried away once they start. Let’s have a look at how bad banter has become and what banter is like in the eSports scene today. 

All in good fun Some people would argue that a bit of friendly banter is part of what makes eSports special and that it’s all in good fun. However, there is a line which shouldn’t be crossed and that’s when the swearing becomes out of control and threats start getting made. People like me can find banter like this quite intimidating and upsetting and it definitely can affect how you play. Like this one time when I was playing a Pro Counter-Strike player named Fry. 

The game started like normal, but when I started winning and taking the advantage, the owner of the server turned on team speak and Fry was able to banter me out of the competition. I didn’t think this was fair at all and demanded a rematch after I had lost, but Fry wouldn’t hear anything of it, content in his ill won victory. Worst offenders The worst offenders have to be the Call of Duty crowd.

 If you don’t believe me, just take a look at this video from the European call of duty championships; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7HbCkU_-cM Players can be heard yelling things like; “Look at score bitches!” “Look at the F^&$*&# score.” “Ahh! Wooh! I’m the F&$%^#* daddy man!” “You’re 17 and you look like you’re 30 you dickhead.”

 You have to ask yourself, what would their mothers think about this kind of behaviour? Is this the kind of thing we want people to consider when they think about playing eSports? The answer is no, we really would like people to take a more professional approach. Not only do you make yourself look incredibly immature and lame, it reflects badly onto the whole of eSports and makes people less likely to get involved. 

People need to start thinking how they would like to be treated and act like that instead of all this childish nonsense. Excuses People like to excuse away banter in eSports saying that it exists in every sport and that there is a lot of money on the line. There is no excuse. Banter is a form of cheating which allows people who have no morals to dominate and take advantage of people who are just there for the sake of friendly competition. If you have to resort to banter to give yourself an advantage then you’re probably not all you’re cut out to be anyway. 

Just because banter is so prevalent doesn’t mean it can’t be eradicated. People should stop making excuses for it and start condemning it before it tarnishes eSports forever! Gamer Rage There is a big difference between gaming rage and banter that is used during competition. Rage can be extremely funny but is often confused with banter. 

Gamer rage is all about exploding at yourself and getting mad because you have failed or you have lag. Here are some great examples of gamer rage, just to clear up any confusion; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqu-fPkqQao There is something definitely wrong with eSports when people feel like it’s OK to take out their frustration in the game on others and manipulate opponents using banter. It’s up to all of us to create a better eSports scene where people respect each other and their ability. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean sitting there in silence, but making a complete ass of yourself on camera isn’t doing anyone or the industry and favours. Do we really need to cram everyone into soundproof boxes? If people can start changing their ways then more people will want to get involved with eSports, especially the ladies, and this will make the scene a lot better for everyone. So next time you are at a LAN and some jerk is yelling his face off at you, be the bigger man and just ignore it, saving yourself from this distraction will actually help your game a lot more and help you distance yourself from the emotions that can surround a competition. 

 Banter in eSports Is there something about eSports that gets under your skin? Makes you want to spam the mike, or maybe it is that you want a tactical advantage in an important game? Banter can play a huge role in whether or not you and your team can win at LAN, but isn’t necessarily the nicest or coolest way to do it. Some people will say anything and most get carried away once they start. Let’s have a look at how bad banter has become and what banter is like in the eSports scene today. 

 All in good fun Some people would argue that a bit of friendly banter is part of what makes eSports special and that it’s all in good fun. However, there is a line which shouldn’t be crossed and that’s when the swearing becomes out of control and threats start getting made. People like me can find banter like this quite intimidating and upsetting and it definitely can affect how you play. Like this one time when I was playing a Pro Counter-Strike player named Fry. 

The game started like normal, but when I started winning and taking the advantage, the owner of the server turned on team speak and Fry was able to banter me out of the competition. I didn’t think this was fair at all and demanded a rematch after I had lost, but Fry wouldn’t hear anything of it, content in his ill won victory.

 Worst offenders The worst offenders have to be the Call of Duty crowd. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at this video from the European call of duty championships; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7HbCkU_-cM Players can be heard yelling things like; “Look at score bitches!” “Look at the F^&$*&# score.” “Ahh! Wooh! I’m the F&$%^#* daddy man!” “You’re 17 and you look like you’re 30 you dickhead.” You have to ask yourself, what would their mothers think about this kind of behaviour? Is this the kind of thing we want people to consider when they think about playing eSports? The answer is no, we really would like people to take a more professional approach. 

Not only do you make yourself look incredibly immature and lame, it reflects badly onto the whole of eSports and makes people less likely to get involved. People need to start thinking how they would like to be treated and act like that instead of all this childish nonsense. Excuses People like to excuse away banter in eSports saying that it exists in every sport and that there is a lot of money on the line. 

There is no excuse. Banter is a form of cheating which allows people who have no morals to dominate and take advantage of people who are just there for the sake of friendly competition. If you have to resort to banter to give yourself an advantage then you’re probably not all you’re cut out to be anyway. Just because banter is so prevalent doesn’t mean it can’t be eradicated.

 People should stop making excuses for it and start condemning it before it tarnishes eSports forever! Gamer Rage There is a big difference between gaming rage and banter that is used during competition. Rage can be extremely funny but is often confused with banter. Gamer rage is all about exploding at yourself and getting mad because you have failed or you have lag. 

Here are some great examples of gamer rage, just to clear up any confusion; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqu-fPkqQao There is something definitely wrong with eSports when people feel like it’s OK to take out their frustration in the game on others and manipulate opponents using banter. It’s up to all of us to create a better eSports scene where people respect each other and their ability. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean sitting there in silence, but making a complete ass of yourself on camera isn’t doing anyone or the industry and favours. Do we really need to cram everyone into soundproof boxes? If people can start changing their ways then more people will want to get involved with eSports, especially the ladies, and this will make the scene a lot better for everyone. So next time you are at a LAN and some jerk is yelling his face off at you, be the bigger man and just ignore it, saving yourself from this distraction will actually help your game a lot more and help you distance yourself from the emotions that can surround a competition. 

 Banter in eSports Is there something about eSports that gets under your skin? Makes you want to spam the mike, or maybe it is that you want a tactical advantage in an important game? Banter can play a huge role in whether or not you and your team can win at LAN, but isn’t necessarily the nicest or coolest way to do it. Some people will say anything and most get carried away once they start. Let’s have a look at how bad banter has become and what banter is like in the eSports scene today. 

 All in good fun Some people would argue that a bit of friendly banter is part of what makes eSports special and that it’s all in good fun. However, there is a line which shouldn’t be crossed and that’s when the swearing becomes out of control and threats start getting made. People like me can find banter like this quite intimidating and upsetting and it definitely can affect how you play. 
Like this one time when I was playing a Pro Counter-Strike player named Fry.

 The game started like normal, but when I started winning and taking the advantage, the owner of the server turned on team speak and Fry was able to banter me out of the competition. I didn’t think this was fair at all and demanded a rematch after I had lost, but Fry wouldn’t hear anything of it, content in his ill won victory. Worst offenders The worst offenders have to be the Call of Duty crowd. 

If you don’t believe me, just take a look at this video from the European call of duty championships; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7HbCkU_-cM Players can be heard yelling things like; “Look at score bitches!” “Look at the F^&$*&# score.” “Ahh! Wooh! I’m the F&$%^#* daddy man!” “You’re 17 and you look like you’re 30 you dickhead.” You have to ask yourself, what would their mothers think about this kind of behaviour? Is this the kind of thing we want people to consider when they think about playing eSports? The answer is no, we really would like people to take a more professional approach. 

Not only do you make yourself look incredibly immature and lame, it reflects badly onto the whole of eSports and makes people less likely to get involved. People need to start thinking how they would like to be treated and act like that instead of all this childish nonsense. Excuses People like to excuse away banter in eSports saying that it exists in every sport and that there is a lot of money on the line.

 There is no excuse. Banter is a form of cheating which allows people who have no morals to dominate and take advantage of people who are just there for the sake of friendly competition. If you have to resort to banter to give yourself an advantage then you’re probably not all you’re cut out to be anyway. Just because banter is so prevalent doesn’t mean it can’t be eradicated. 

People should stop making excuses for it and start condemning it before it tarnishes eSports forever! Gamer Rage There is a big difference between gaming rage and banter that is used during competition. Rage can be extremely funny but is often confused with banter. Gamer rage is all about exploding at yourself and getting mad because you have failed or you have lag. 

Here are some great examples of gamer rage, just to clear up any confusion; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqu-fPkqQao There is something definitely wrong with eSports when people feel like it’s OK to take out their frustration in the game on others and manipulate opponents using banter. It’s up to all of us to create a better eSports scene where people respect each other and their ability. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean sitting there in silence, but making a complete ass of yourself on camera isn’t doing anyone or the industry and favours. Do we really need to cram everyone into soundproof boxes? If people can start changing their ways then more people will want to get involved with eSports, especially the ladies, and this will make the scene a lot better for everyone. So next time you are at a LAN and some jerk is yelling his face off at you, be the bigger man and just ignore it, saving yourself from this distraction will actually help your game a lot more and help you distance yourself from the emotions that can surround a competition. 

 Banter in eSports Is there something about eSports that gets under your skin? Makes you want to spam the mike, or maybe it is that you want a tactical advantage in an important game? Banter can play a huge role in whether or not you and your team can win at LAN, but isn’t necessarily the nicest or coolest way to do it. Some people will say anything and most get carried away once they start. Let’s have a look at how bad banter has become and what banter is like in the eSports scene today. All in good fun Some people would argue that a bit of friendly banter is part of what makes eSports special and that it’s all in good fun. However, there is a line which shouldn’t be crossed and that’s when the swearing becomes out of control and threats start getting made. 

People like me can find banter like this quite intimidating and upsetting and it definitely can affect how you play. Like this one time when I was playing a Pro Counter-Strike player named Fry. The game started like normal, but when I started winning and taking the advantage, the owner of the server turned on team speak and Fry was able to banter me out of the competition. I didn’t think this was fair at all and demanded a rematch after I had lost, but Fry wouldn’t hear anything of it, content in his ill won victory. 

 Worst offenders The worst offenders have to be the Call of Duty crowd. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at this video from the European call of duty championships; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7HbCkU_-cM Players can be heard yelling things like; “Look at score bitches!” “Look at the F^&$*&# score.” “Ahh! Wooh! I’m the F&$%^#* daddy man!” “You’re 17 and you look like you’re 30 you dickhead.” You have to ask yourself, what would their mothers think about this kind of behaviour? Is this the kind of thing we want people to consider when they think about playing eSports? The answer is no, we really would like people to take a more professional approach. 

Not only do you make yourself look incredibly immature and lame, it reflects badly onto the whole of eSports and makes people less likely to get involved. People need to start thinking how they would like to be treated and act like that instead of all this childish nonsense. Excuses People like to excuse away banter in eSports saying that it exists in every sport and that there is a lot of money on the line. 

There is no excuse. Banter is a form of cheating which allows people who have no morals to dominate and take advantage of people who are just there for the sake of friendly competition. If you have to resort to banter to give yourself an advantage then you’re probably not all you’re cut out to be anyway. Just because banter is so prevalent doesn’t mean it can’t be eradicated. People should stop making excuses for it and start condemning it before it tarnishes eSports forever! Gamer Rage There is a big difference between gaming rage and banter that is used during competition. Rage can be extremely funny but is often confused with banter. 

Gamer rage is all about exploding at yourself and getting mad because you have failed or you have lag. Here are some great examples of gamer rage, just to clear up any confusion; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqu-fPkqQao There is something definitely wrong with eSports when people feel like it’s OK to take out their frustration in the game on others and manipulate opponents using banter. 

It’s up to all of us to create a better eSports scene where people respect each other and their ability. That doesn’t necessarily mean sitting there in silence, but making a complete ass of yourself on camera isn’t doing anyone or the industry and favours. 

 Do we really need to cram everyone into soundproof boxes? If people can start changing their ways then more people will want to get involved with eSports, especially the ladies, and this will make the scene a lot better for everyone. 

So next time you are at a LAN and some jerk is yelling his face off at you, be the bigger man and just ignore it, saving yourself from this distraction will actually help your game a lot more and help you distance yourself from the emotions that can surround a competition.