eSports Player and Journalist Come to Blows At DreamHack

The beating of other teams in matches wasn’t the only beating that took place during DreamHack Winter this past weekend. Richard Lewis, a journalist and commentator for Breitbart, and Dota 2 eSports player Jonathan “Loda” Berg apparently exchanged punches during the event. Police also came to the event.


DreamHack released the following statement:

“During the afternoon today at DreamHack Winter 2015 there was an incident at the CS:GO backstage area, where Loda and Richard Lewis were involved in verbal dispute that escalated into a physical confrontation. The situation was witnessed by DreamHack staff, who intervened and pulled both parties apart when the confrontation began. After cooling down the situation, DreamHack Security Crew was called to the site, and took official statements of the involved the parties. DreamHack also notified Police that came to the location to take statements from both parties and witnesses.

“It is of the utmost importance for DreamHack to operate an event in which all visitors, staff, exhibitors, and competitors can feel safe. All parties, DreamHack, Richard Lewis and Loda deeply regret that an environment existed in which this situation occurred, and that the confrontation escalated as it did. All parties have jointly talked with DreamHack Security Crew, as well as police and believe the best actions are to put aside our differences and come together to move forward with the conclusion of DreamHack Winter 2015. We hope that all event visitors and online viewers will focus on the positive activities and all the great ongoings of the event this weekend.”

Both parties took to Twitter to exchange words about the incident, and the statement from DreamHack has been signed by both Lewis and Berg. Who’s at fault isn’t known, but things surely escalated, which is very unfortunate to hear during such a great tournament.


Our Thoughts

What caused the incident to occur is beyond us, but we’re sure the two didn’t just start a fight for no reason. They apparently shook hands afterwards, so we hope that settles it and that all can be forgiven. DreamHack certainly addressed the situation properly, so let’s hope nothing like this happens again during eSports tournaments in the future.


Source: DreamHack Official Statement

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