"Well it’s in Poland and I think the tickets are pretty cheap so I assume it will be sold out.. Because what the fuck else is going on in Poland? And they’ve got that existential hole of being Polish to try and fill with some esports.”
The response from ESL was pretty explicit, too.“ESL does not stand by or tolerate acts of racism, xenophobia or other forms of discrimination,” said the esports organization at the time, “and does not wish to be associated or employ those who make any such comments. We are deeply upset that a long time member of the esports community would display such ignorance and make highly inappropriate comments about an entire nation.”But despite these moments of condemnation and censure, the esports establishment has generally seemed to look the other way, knowing people will move on.When Thorin made one of his monkey-related comments, ESL VP of pro gaming, Michal Blicharz, was asked for a response, but declined, saying it was “not my place to comment.”Five years later, though, and ESL is the one hiring Thorin, who now seems to largely operate off Patreon backing and various freelance gigs he picks up, to a major event in New York. An event where one of the other Counter-Strike commentators will be Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett, who was suspended by Twitch for saying "nigger" during a livestream.
“Maybe, it’s like when you have the Olympics somewhere in Africa and they can all pretend they’re part of the developed world for two weeks, and then everyone just leaves and they’re still in the dirt.”