Professional Tekken player killed by teammates after mocking men’s height

Pictured is Tanukana in a video game.

Tanukana shows off her gaming skills to the press.
Screenshots: / YouTube / Kotaku

Master Tekken player Tanukana was kicked off by Osaka-based e-sports team Cyclops Athlete Gaming for comments she made during a live stream.

Cyclops Athlete Gaming competes in first-person shooter games like PUBG, Call of Dutyand Rainbow Six Siege as well as fighting games like Tekken. She has been featured in the mainstream Japanese press, including this clip from the newspaper Kobe Shimbun. She, like Kotakuby Ian Walker previously wrote, a rising star.

In a February 15 thread, Tanukana said, “Men under 170 cm (5 ft 6.9 in) tall have no human rights.” She added that they should consider bone lengthening surgery. (Based on Health linethe average male height in Japan is 170.8 cm or 5 ft 7.2 inches or 5 ft 7.2 inches)

In Japanese, the word for human rights is jinken (人 ). But in how to say game, jinken refers to an item or character that all players should have. On Twitter, a debate ensued over whether the slang led to Tanukana’s comment.

Despite that, the comment caused controversy online in Japan and went viral Yahoo! News. In one tweet has now been deleted, Tanukana wrote, “I have indicated that my stream contains hate speech.” She added that this was not her intention and that she shows very poorly her love for tall people. She apologized, but it was hardly the kind of formal apology expected in Japan.

Cyclops also give an apology, wrote, “We have confirmed that on February 15, Cyclops Athlete Gaming member Tanukana made an inappropriate comment on a live stream. In this regard, we would like to deeply apologize to our fans, sponsors and all others who have supported us. ”

And Tanukana sorry again with a more official tweet addressed to fans and team sponsor, Red Bull. Tanukana wrote: “I deeply regret this statement, which is not appropriate for a professional e-sports athlete and a member of society.

All this happens in the context of “pro gamer” has been determined in Japan and where there is a license to play the game professionally. According to the Japan Esports Union, one of the main things that defines a professional gamer is “the self-perception of being a pro”. This regulation seems to have been added so that e-sports professionals are taken seriously in Japan.

But really, it’s simpler than that. Tanukana’s Cyclops page has a list of laundry sponsors including Alienware and Red Bull. Following the controversy, all sponsors were removed from her page.

Sponsors don’t want to argue, even if things seem overblown. Teams need sponsors. It seemed like something — or someone — had to give, and that’s exactly what happened. Cyclops then published it terminated Tanukana’s contract. Professional Tekken player killed by teammates after mocking men’s height

Curtis Crabtree

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