For Dota 2 fans in China, The International 2014 (TI4) is like their version of the FIFA World Cup. And we all know what it’s like staying up late to watch our favorite teams play, only to be met by horrible and completely inept commentators.
Now normally, we would just complain to ourselves. Some might even take it up on social media, but in the end nothing would happen. Well, that’s unless your name is Wang Sicong and your father is the richest person in China, in which case the commentator will end up crying and have to offer an apology on video.
Wang Sicong is like your normal Chinese Dota 2 fan. He loves his country, he loves the game, and he watches streams of TI4 matches in Seattle, despite the 15-hour time difference. Except he also happens to be the son of China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, and he was really pissed off with the commentary by two lovebirds, Mik and her boyfriend Xiao Tian. So he decided to take it up on Weibo:
The commentary from these two is the worst in history. There is a complete lack of any game analysis or match information. It’s just Mik flirting and rattling on about foolish nonsense. Do you think we stay up late at night to listen to you and your boyfriend chat? Please have some respect for eSports, for the players, as well as for those who stay up late at night to watch the matches. I have no idea how people like this were even invited to Seattle.
Ouch. Even before this case, commentary from Mik and Xiao Tian was already met with ridicule by players, with some saying that Mik’s unique yell while casting could “make a dog deaf”. Double-ouch.
But as a professional who knows how to deal with criticism, Mik responds in a standard fashion, saying that everyone should just respect each other:
Via her live broadcast, she also added:
Our commentary style is how it is. We’re not going to change because of some spoiled rich kid. If you don’t like it, just mute us, or switch commentary. I will give myself some self-criticism and provide even better commentary to everyone.
All is good, and Mik is clearly done with the topic. Or so we thought, until she took off her headset during a live broadcast and said to her partner: “is that Wang Sicong guy retarded or what?”
How do we know this? Because her microphone was still on. In fact, all of her viewers heard it as well, including Wang Sicong himself. Triple-ouch.
And you’re going to badmouth me on a live broadcast. Who the fuck are you trying to impress? I won’t say any more about the fact that you don’t understand Dota 2, but to display your lack of intelligence and manners on a live stream, stop losing face for China.
And of course, when someone screws up as royally as Mik did, especially when the other side is money-incarnate, you can bet there’s going to be a public apology involved.
So there are two important lessons to be learned here:
First, ignore what anybody says online and learn to take criticism, because you can’t be liked by everyone. Second, make sure your microphone is muted.