The amount of deleted replies to this post is telling to say the least.
When you completely belittle someone to the point that this has gotten to over looks or gender you damage the community much more than anyone else can. Rona might not have played as long as some of us and she may have climbed the ranks quickly, but that’s because she put in the work and wanted to learn. The Femboy Hooters team went from being bottom of Advanced Qualifiers to 3rd place the season we played. Even though Dolphin and Rona were new to the scene, and we had some other players that weren’t considered really good, we all put in the effort and came out with a dub when we almost got sent to main. The reason for this was everyone wanted to learn and was thirsty to get better. This included Dolphin, Ghost, Myself, everyone; including Rona. Players like this, who are willing to learn and who put in effort are what will grow this community faster than ever before.
Another person who gets flak a lot is Davidredface. I mentored this guy and he went from the worst team in open to adv in one season, and grill him all you want, but he does better then even some low invite engineers because his resolve to improve and get better is so strong. The stigma around David is mostly jokes from what I’ve seen though, but I’ve seen some harassment go his way. I digress.
Yet we have players that will take someone like Rona, who is eager to play and to learn and get better, and bring her to the point where she no longer likes the game and is quitting. And it’s not because of some tough love “you suck at the game and this is why” type shit. It’s not because she can’t take criticism. It’s because of blatant and accepted harassment. This isn’t healthy for a community, NOR does it help RGL gain players. It in fact does the opposite. It drives them away.
Instead of focusing on getting sponsors that will never come (see the UGC Ramen Sponsor incident for example), RGL should try and come up with a way to help the community deal with people like the ones who are driving Rona, and other players, out of the community. It’s not all on RGL though, we have to do it as a community. No one is gonna give you shit for banning a toxic person from your discord server.