Security is an important part of any event, including eSports. The current case seems pretty comical, but it was not without aggression: a professional player in the fighting game Super Smash Bros. Melee threw a dead crab.
The victim was deceased crustaceans Juan Deviedma (Juan DeBiedma), also known under the name Hungrybox and representing the team Team Liquid. He went through the lower bracket in the Grand finals of a tournament Pound 2019 to Super Smash Bros. Melee, where he fought with Joseph Marquez (Joseph “Mango” Marquez) from Cloud9.
Deviedma defeated opponent, and then an angry audience threw on stage a dead crab. Looks like he was aiming it at gamers, but, apparently, missed. The player noticed this unusual attack and after a small pause took the crab in her hands and began to shout something bad in the auditorium.
Later Deviedma said on Twitter that it was indeed real crab, and apologized for his behavior on the stage – according to him, the competition was so tense that aggression at him just tore him up.
Pound the organizers have announced that they intend to permanently ban the brosatel crabs in their tournaments. The name of the evil spectator publicly refused to disclose, but said that he will inform his other organizers of virtual events.
This is not the first time an eSports competition has been a security problem. At the tournament Mid-Season Invitational for League of Legends in 2017, a fan jumped on stage to make out with team SK Telecom T1. Another fan of last year grabbed and replayed the nipple in Zachary black (Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black) after one of the matches of the LCS.
The examples above look pretty funny, but there was another, truly scary case: in August 2018 tournament player at Madden NFL 19 shot two others and killed himself. This event entailed a number of unwelcome consequences.