An ugly dispute that took place on Twitter between Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch and well-known esports analyst and personality Duncan "Thorin" Shields on Wednesday was resolved yesterday morning following tiziaN's apology.
The argument started after Thorin posted a meme on Twitter about tiziaN's team, BIG.
TiziaN didn't take to the shot too kindly, as he responded (in a now-deleted tweet) by making a comment that the esports pundit had autism and ADHD.
Thorin, who revealed in 2012 that he has Asperger syndrome, shared the tiziaN's tweet and calling him out for his remarks.
Thorin then went on to explain that, while he knows the gaming community regularly uses "autism" as a joke, using it against someone who experiences the condition is crossing the line.
Context is everything.Some gamers use that term as slang for being too obsessive about something. That's just an insult/mean joke, being as the premise is that the person they are calling it does not in fact have said learning disorder.— Thorin (@Thooorin) October 11, 2018
If you outright just use it to mock someone who actually does then you are a bigot. May as well be mocking a guy in a wheelchair born without the use of his legs for not being able to walk.— Thorin (@Thooorin) October 11, 2018
Had it been a simple mistake/error in judgement then tiziaN just apologises.I suspect we get some kind of official statement where he or BIG half apologises while using it as an opportunity chastise me and talk more shit, but using PR speak.Tick tock.— Thorin (@Thooorin) October 11, 2018
He also used the opportunity to attack the CS:GO community for their lack of subtlety in the banter used between opponents.
The CS:GO community has a huge problem with habitually going for the low hanging fruit when it comes to banter. The idea is to be clever or funny. Going to the easiest and most obvious thing is rarely either.— Thorin (@Thooorin) October 11, 2018
And after tensions were able to cool off overnight, tiziaN returned to Twitter to apologise to Thorin for his remarks, also stating that he would be donating €500 to a charitable organization of his choice.
I want to apologize for the disrespectful and insulting tweet I sent towards @Thooorin last night. Discrimination and mocking mental conditions has no place anywhere and should be condemned. (1/2)— Tizian Feldbusch (@tizianCS) October 11, 2018
I will donate €500 to a charitable organization of his choice, not only to make-up for my misbehavior more so to set a sign against discrimination. We at BIG stand for an open and respectful community and us players should hold ourselves to that standard. (2/2)— Tizian Feldbusch (@tizianCS) October 11, 2018
The ugly affair was finally put to bed as Thorin told him to donate to research grants for the Autism Research Institute (with proof of the payment shared publicly by tiziaN). Thorin then tweeted again about the incident, this time with the intent of putting the whole event behind them.
I don't really know or care if tiziaN is actually sorry, that's on him to figure out. I'm not gonna sit by while people act in a bigoted manner, though.He said some stupid shit on twitter. No reason to be dragged over the coals more. Let's move on.— Thorin (@Thooorin) October 11, 2018
While the entire debacle was obviously unpleasant, the resolution was ultimately as amicable as could reasonably have been hoped for. With any luck, professional esports players will be more mindful of what kind of comments are fair game and which are not when posting on social media in the future.