PUBG Mobile aka Battlegrounds India esports team Orange Rock has parted ways with pro player Shivamm ‘420op’ Raghav following comments made over calls for a ban of the upcoming battle royale game. Raghav was a part of TeamXSpark that won India’s PUBG Mobile Club Open — Fall Split 2020. While there was no official statement made from Orange Rock regarding him joining its roster, Raghav made his departure known on a recent livestream as per Indian esports outlet Gemwire.gg.
— GemWire (@GemWire) June 1, 2021
After Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering called for a Battlegrounds Mobile India ban, Raghav (who streams under the moniker 420 Gaming) referred to Ering as Chinese, which is extremely offensive.
“Those who are saying that PUBG Mobile, now Battlegrounds Mobile India, is from China – look at your own name,” he said at the time. “Your own name is Chinese. Go look at the name of the person who made this tweet.”
Raghav has since apologised for his comments. As did others that made similar statements including Inder Preet ‘GTX Preet’ Singh and Paras ‘Paras Official’ Singh with the latter being arrested as well.
While Orange Rock has taken action, it seems Krafton — and the Indian esports industry at large (barring a couple of exceptions) has decided to stay silent about multiple prominent content creators and streamers in the Battlegrounds Mobile India slash PUBG community. Amusing when you consider that most companies were eager to talk up the game’s return but are unwilling to condemn racist comments made in its name.