ON the new “Beyond the Meta” podcast, which was released just this week, Em “Kaisaya” Dangla opened up about the allegations that have rocked Philippine esports.
This was the first time the 32-year-old Arena of Valor pro talked about the issue after her tell-all Facebook posts a week ago.
She said that she refused to talk about the issue two years ago for fear of judgement and criticism from the public, both for herself and the people involved.
“[M]ay mga humuhusga pa rin and that’s actually the scary thing when you reveal something. That’s why during that time hindi ako nag-post ng kahit ano in social media. Dinaan ko talaga sa legal process so at least I won’t be tarnishing their names in the eyes of the public,” she said.
“it’s for their protection,” she added.
Still, Dangla said that she is no longer pursuing the case, and that she has already settled the case privately with the other parties. The Mobile Legends shoutcaster stressed that she has already moved on from the issue.
However, she wanted to use her experience to call for greater awareness of sexual harassment in esports.
“I’m pretty sure it’s not just me, may mga tao pa for sure na hindi willing magsalita or takot magsalita,” she said.
Accusations of sexual harassment inside esports is not limited to the local scene. Just last June, several professional esports scenes also experienced their own #MeToo moments.
The Super Smash Brothers community saw several legends including Gonzalo “Zero” Barrios, and Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada involved in allegations of sexual misconduct.
Dota 2 casters Grant “GranDGranT” Harris, Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, and Toby “TobiWan” Dawson were also caught up in a storm of allegations. Harris ended up being removed from Evil Genius, and Chaloner and Dawson departed the esports scene after.
Tournament organizers also received allegations, most notable of which was EVO CEO and co-founder Joey “Mr.Wizard” Cuellar who was removed from his position as the top executive of the fighting game community’s biggest tournament. Cuellar’s removal also led to the cancellation of this year’s EVO 2020, as the organization looked to “reflect, listen, and thoughtfully determine the next steps.”
In the podcast, Dangla noted in the podcast that her experience has empowered her to continue advocating for women for esports and making esports a safe working space for all.
”I’m calling it for esports kasi nga dito tayo nagwo-work so huwag niyo na lang po ako [tanungin] na bakit sa esports lang? Ayun I don’t want it to call na Justice for Kaisaya lang. I don’t really want it to be that way,” she said.
Dangla also had some solid advice that anyone can take to heart:
“[I]f you’re a good friends, please correct your friend kahit gaano pa siya kamali, kahit masira pa yung pagkakaibigan niyo or whatever. Correct your friend if you want him to be a better person."