Originally Posted by SarenArterius
When he was in-game, it was as a player. Other people talk trash and use slurs all the time in game, and what happens to them? Game bans.
This guy is getting fired, and if his facebook is any indication he made a lot of changes in his life specifically so he could have this job.
Why is he being treated like an Employee when his offense was commited as a player? My employer would never fire me for things I do on my off days (even if I was in my place of employment).
In addition, when you have hundreds of people calling for the head of a single person, what choice does this leave the people in charge with? This was not being treated like a regular case like it should have been. This was made public.
It gets worse though. Since everyone made such a big deal of it, it escalated to the point where sites like IGN started noticeing. In that instance, it would make Riot look like a company of hypocrites if they didn't ban him (this happened right after the release of Tribunal).
Neither I nor you (or anyone else) should have been made aware of this. Incidents like this disgust me, that poor guys life has probably been ruined. Not just his career, but now millions of people know his IRL identity, so there is bound to be reprecussions there. How do you think that feels? I would be mortified if people knew who I really was and used that information against me.
Did he really "offend" that person? Did psyonic make that person's life "terrible?" Well, that person certainly did so to Psyonic. Here is food for thought: Riot encourages the use of in-game report functions and the use of a support line, yet here they are responding to a smear campaign on the forums. What kind of behavior do you think this encourages?
I could go on, but this mess disappoints me. Everyone gets angry and rages in-game sometimes. I would have done to him what Riot does to anyone who verbally harasses in game: given him a warning and a temporary ban. He wasn't playing as a CS rep: at the time he was a player and nothing else. Though employed, he isn't on the clock at all times.
Interesting stance. I'd say though it's okay to play on your off days, in this case, his liesure time was spent playing the game client of the company he works for. This alone doesn't make it an issue, but when he directly states that he's a Riot employee, he's held to a standard, even if it's in game 'as a player' as you put it.
While I do agree that this message sent by Pendragon is to give people some closure, this guy's real life identity has been exposed, and it is a real problem with real repercussions for this guy.
I sympathize with the reprecussions, not the judgment of Riot as a company for their reaction to his behavior. Especially because this guy had direct control over what he said and how he reacted to player behavior.
My stance is you're off the clock till you wave the flag that you're an employee. Then you become part of the company with everything you do until the end of that session. Riot seemed to agree.