UK-based esports and raiding guild organisation Method have terminated the contract of Daniel Vella ‘Jokerd’ Gobey, just two weeks after signing him.
The Maltese player, who became the first to reach the level cap in WoW Classic as a gnome mage, ninja looted a Staff of Dominance in a Molten Core raid group yesterday (in other words, he took a piece of in-game loot that wasn’t considered rightfully his).
The raid was a pick-up group, meaning people didn’t need to be in a specific guild to join it, and it was led by Jokerd himself. When the item dropped, he didn’t allow the other members of the raid to roll virtual dice for it, he just took it for himself.
You can see the moment he took the item here, spurred on by some viewers in the Twitch chat to take it:
Someone else by the name of Returnoftruth shared the news on Reddit in a post that has been upvoted more than 16,000 times.
“Not only did Joker ninja the item, but he genuinely screwed the raid over multiple times by trying to raid lead it,” the post read. “Anyone is free to watch the VoD and how many mistakes this guy makes with the actual raid. It’s pathetic.”
Method first responded by removing Jokerd from their Twitch team and suspending him from the organisation, ‘pending further investigation into the future of his contract as a WoW Classic influencer’.
Shanna ‘Darrie’ Roberts, Method general manager, described Jokerd’s behaviour as ‘offensive and unsportsmanlike’.
She said: “On behalf of Method, I want to apologise to our fans, sponsors, and community. We feel let down by his behaviour, just as many of you are.”
After the ninja loot incident in-game, Jokerd said (as shown in this Twitch clip): “Who do I think I am? Let me tell you who I am. I am world-first level 60 in fucking classic WoW, [I had] the most views ever on this game.
“I can do whatever the fuck I want.”
Except being a part of Method, it seems.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.