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It's Time To Think About Protecting Nicknames In Esports

2016-11-08  VR     Source: 未知  
Even though the prizes are bigger, the platforms larger and the audience more enormous than it has ever been, esports has remained steadfast in allowing players to keep and promote themselves on the basis of their chosen online monikers. It

Even though the prizes are bigger, the platforms larger and the audience more enormous than it has ever been, esports has remained steadfast in allowing players to keep and promote themselves on the basis of their chosen online monikers.

It's a practical measure more than anything else. But as the industry grows, so does its accumulated history. Question is: what do you do when two gamers, both professional, adopt the same name?

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Until now, the answer has been nothing. In small circles you see players publicly shame others into changing their name, but that generally only applies to players within the same scene. Communities are generally good at policing newcomers from tarnishing established legacies.

What the wider esports fraternity is pretty downright awful at, however, is recognising and upholding legacies from different games. Take recent reports that Galen "Moon" Holgate, a fresh-faced jungler for NRG Esports in the top tier of North American League of Legends, might step down from the roster.

There’s nothing untoward there. It's just that Holgate is using the same moniker as Jang Jae Ho, one of the most successful WarCraft 3 players of all time with more than US$356,000 in winnings.

Jae Ho was also one of the few professional gamers to this day to develop a rivalry that played out on the biggest stage, with his matches against Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen at the World Esports Games and the World Cyber Games 2008 finals being some of the most epic in the history of competitive games.

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