TSM FTX boss bullied his own employees, now under investigation
This story about toxicity in esports, boiled down, in 1:42 minutes.
What’s the fuss?
The “Jerry Jones” of esports is under fire for reported workplace harassment. With an impending investigation on the way, this could lead to positive change for the young industry.
- Originally founded in 2009 as a community website for the game League Of Legends, Mr. Dinh began competing with TSM a couple years later.
- Since retiring from competitive play in 2013 to run the business full time, Mr. Dinh has managed to grow TSM to the $410 million juggernaut it is today through rapid expansion.
It’s not all sunshine and roses for Mr. Dinh however, given an ongoing investigation against him for workplace misconduct and bullying allegations.
- Current and former employees at TSM have accused the founder of verbal abuse since 2013, going so far to say the organization is dominated by a “culture of fear”.
- Riot Games, the owner of the League of Legends Championship Series in which TSM competes in, have commenced a formal investigation in response to these claims with its repercussions currently unknown.
Boiling it down
Riot Games’ investigation follows an independent internal investigation by TSM themselves after public allegations came to light in November 2021.
- TSM created an “independent subcommittee” with the aid of external investigators and will likely cooperate with Riot Games to determine concrete findings.
- These responsive investigations to poor workplace culture joins similar ones conducted in the gaming development industry against the likes of Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and even Riot Games themselves.
Despite gaming and esports slowly clawing its way into the mainstream, toxicity still rears its head much too often.