Final week, Chinese language esports group Edward Gaming (EDG) suffered backlash after sexual harassment allegations by a former feminine worker got here to mild on Chinese language social media platform Weibo. The corporate’s response to the claims fueled the backlash even additional and attracted widespread discussions on ladies’s rights and group administration points in the neighborhood.
EDG is among the largest organizations in China’s esports business. The group competes in League of Legends Professional League (LPL), Honor of Kings’ King Professional League (KPL), CrossFire, and PUBG.
The sufferer’s title was not launched to the general public, so we are going to confer with her as Ms. X on this article. The corporate solely launched the final title of the worker who’s the goal of the allegations, “Mr. Cai,” and the supervisor X says she reported the habits to, known as “Mr. Chen.”.
On Sept.12, X posted an article on Weibo, alleging EDG failed its obligation to guard its staff from sexual harassment, and compelled her to resign. She wrote that Cai sexually harassed her over a one-year interval, and that she reported his habits to EDG for 9 months. Each X and Cai have been official staff of EDG in the course of the interval, Cai was answerable for capturing and filming, and X was answerable for producing and modifying.
In X’s article, she says she reported Cai’s habits to Chen, the operations supervisor of EDG on Jan. 3. Nonetheless, she says, Chen mentioned the corporate wanted extra proof and even requested her to “seduce Cai” to get stable proof.
“With out stable proof of Cai’s habits, EDG would pay extra compensation for straight firing him,” X said in her article.
On April 3, Mr. He, content material director of EDG, organized Cai’s working station subsequent to X. X requested Chen for the rationale why the corporate ignored her report and needed to get extra suggestions from EDG. In the meantime, at Three p.m. the identical day, X claimed that Cai inappropriately touched her throughout work, and the habits was recorded by the digicam management.
X posted the video on Weibo.
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On this 18-second video, It seems that Cai tried to achieve his hand behind X’s physique throughout work, and X tried to keep away from bodily contact.
“I really feel extraordinarily humiliated and mentally harmed, and there have been virtually 10 colleagues subsequent to him,” X said in her article. She later confirmed this video to her supervisor. Nonetheless, the corporate nonetheless didn’t do something, in keeping with X.
“Now, Cai has left EDG however [is] nonetheless working in League of Legends Professional League,” X concluded in her article.
EDG later posted an announcement on Weibo claiming that X was spreading rumors, and denied the allegations that “EDG condones sexual harassment in work,” in addition to “EDG exhibits low helps on this case.” In the meantime, the corporate didn’t assume the video on April Three was stable sufficient to show sexual harassment, however will cooperate with the native police workplace.
“After receiving X’s report, she can’t show any stable items of proof. Regardless that she insisted on demanding EDG fireplace Cai, and threatened the corporate for unreasonable compensation,” EDG said, “EDG will retain its proper to analyze X for obligation.”
In EDG’s assertion, the corporate additionally hinted that X and Cai had an in depth relationship in January 2019, and X confirmed an absence of effectivity at work.
After EDG posted its first assertion on social media and X posted the video, the corporate’s stance acquired large criticism from the group. Jin “Abu” Xing, EDG’s League of Legends workforce supervisor, referred to as the incident “nonsense,” throughout a public dwell stream.
Nonetheless, the story began to realize extra consideration after distinguished esports organizations and Chinese language gaming shops supported X on Weibo and WeChat, forcing the corporate to alter its place. On Sept.13, Edward Zhu, founding father of EDG, issued an announcement on Weibo, acknowledging an absence of cautious consideration and effectivity from EDG on this case, and apologized to X, saying, “EDG will deeply examine the case-related division, and provide help and care to X.”
On Sept.14, EDG’s official Weibo account deleted the Sept.12 assertion and launched a brand new assertion that the corporate has reached an settlement with X.
Within the new assertion, EDG mentioned that it might cooperate with native legislation enforcement, and do its finest to guard X’s authorized rights. It additionally promised to start out a “deep inner investigation” of its personal, and provide counseling to X.
The Esports Observer has reached out to EDG and can replace this text if we obtain a response.