Tencent suspends Arena of Valor CM following sexual harassment allegations

    
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For broad definitions of valor.

Good news! This story about sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from a Tencent-owned company is not about Riot Games. It’s apparently separate! Wait, that isn’t good news, it’s actually worse. It’s probably a good thing that the company suspended global community manager Nick Zasowski following numerous accusations of sexual harassment, but it also speaks to the wide-ranging nature of the problem in the first place. So never mind, it’s still bad news, and the Arena of Valor community is rather unsettled by the fallout.

The news was first broken by HP Omen partnership lead John Sylvester with screenshots of an anonymous woman discussing unsolicited pictures, followed by Zasowski renaming and then subsequently deleting social media accounts. Tencent’s only statement on the matter at this time is that he has been suspended and a full investigation will be undertaken. But at least it wasn’t the usual suspects, right? That’s… like good news.

Source: Gamasutra
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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, fuck all these dudes. The more of them that get outed the better.

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Sally Bowls

After the shock/outrage to this reprehensible behavior, I went on to marvel at the stupidity. It was wrong – but not atypical – for movie producers to have a casting couch decades ago. And even modern day billionaires can buy their way out of trouble. But if you are a grunt then doing something vile at a time when the world is thankfully extremely sensitive to it is so dumb – one would lack the brakes of common sense as well as common decency.

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Armsbend

Obviously you don’t want someone that stupid and vile working for you. Regardless of the work climate being that stupid is just something I wouldn’t consider paying for.

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Kinya

I am speachless

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Armsbend

People can’t control their baser instincts. It’s pathetic.

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Bryan Correll

Hey, he said “No disrespect.” Clearly a gentleman of upstanding character.

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Bruno Brito

“A full investigation will be…”

Look, if it doesn’t involve the police, then it’s not a investigation, it’s a cover-up. They’ll keep him out, erase everything that jeopardizes the company and that is that.

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Ken from Chicago

Are you suggesting when companies make “full investigations” it’s just to investigate how much liability *they* have so the hide / bury / “lose” any incriminating evidence / witnesses against them?! I’m shocked, shocked I say of such an allegation–and alligator! ;-)

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Schmidt.Capela

Depends.

Is the behavior a crime? As in, an actual crime, described in the country’s penal code? Then the police shouldn’t merely be involved, but actually lead the investigation with help from the companies involved.

Is the behavior illegal but not a crime? Then the police should stay out of it. It’s not their role to deal with conflict where no crime happened. All parties to the conflict are free to ask the courts to settle things, though, and the police can get involved if any party tries to tamper with the administration of justice, as that in itself is a crime.

Is the behavior immoral but not illegal? Then investigation by the company that employs whoever is at fault is just about the best outcome one could hope for.

My guess is that this sexual harassment falls into the third kind, immoral but not illegal, as from what I understood what he did was limited to sending indecent pictures and proposals to women.

Edit: to clarify, if he had enough power over those women to blackmail them into accepting his advances it likely would be a crime; that doesn’t seem to be the case here, though.

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Bruno Brito

Not disagreeing with you here, but this all reminds me of my school years. I was constantly being sent to the school psychologist when i was getting bullied, and i got the same answers everyday: “Pay no mind and it stops” “They won’t keep going if you don’t care about it” and all that crap.

It wasn’t until i was out of school and in college that i realized why i was being the one asked to change my behavior and the people doing the bullying weren’t even being in detention: They wanted to keep this bullshit confined to school limits. Nowadays, Bullying is a serious crime here in Brazil, and it may end up involving the police. In no moment, in my school years, i felt protected by the school facilities. Nowadays, everytime i hear about bullying, i say the same: “Look for the police, press charges and sue the hell out of the school for neglecting you, and the parents of the bully. People won’t understand punishment, if you don’t punish them where it hurts: Their wallets.”

I don’t know if it’s the same case here, and yeah, it may not be a crime, but i still think Tencent isn’t doing any of this based on goodwill. I mean, i know they aren’t.

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cursedseishi

Just giving a + to you for the comment, and because I can relate. Live in the US here, but I have friends who were being bullied throughout their school years and the councilors/principals/teachers all pretty much said the same thing even when it began to escalate. It didn’t stop until things got physical and violent (on the bullies end, not his), but even then the schools knocked him harder than the others.

It was never so much a “keep it confined” as it was “they were in one cliche, and the staff wanted to be on their good side”. Either way though it is disgusting, and the fact society wants to ignore its own failings and instead push it onto the victims is what makes it troubling.

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Schmidt.Capela

I don’t know if it’s the same case here, and yeah, it may not be a crime, but i still think Tencent isn’t doing any of this based on goodwill. I mean, i know they aren’t.

I don’t dispute this. Companies usually react like that as a way to limit the bad PR.

I’m just saying that if the CM’s actions weren’t literally a crime Tencent can’t hand the investigation to the police even if they wanted to.