British Call of Duty Warzone streamer Fifakill, who represents Lando Norris’ esports and gaming content team Quadrant, has apologised for his use of a homophobic slur.
Fifakill admitted he said the word ‘f*g’ in two tweets on Twitter back when he was 13 years old. He’s now 20 according to the CoD Esports Fandom Wiki.
“It is a vile and derogatory word I am disgusted by this,” Fifakill said. “This does not represent myself or my community and I hope my actions since then show that. I am not proud of [using this word] and I want to address it. I am very sorry.”
Fifakill said he will cement his support for the LGBTQ+ community by making a personal donation and hosting a charity stream to raise money for UK-based LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall.
He will be live from 4pm BST on October 6th 2021 on his Fifakill Twitch channel.
“Those who know me and watch my streams will know I want nothing but to make people’s days better,” Fifakill added.
In a time where online personalities, celebrities or streamers are often called out for things they said years ago, Fifakill’s approach is honest and open, and received positive responses from the community. It could encourage others to follow suit in the future.
It also highlights the scrutiny personalities are under, arguably more than ever before. If you’re a personality, your social accounts will likely be trawled and everything you say will be scrutinised.
It’s not always to highlight slurs or abusive language either – footballer Jack Grealish deleted old tweets from 2012 of him praising Manchester United before he moved to Manchester City earlier this year.
Fifakill was part of a CoD trio that won World Series of Warzone earlier this year. He has some 227,000 followers on Twitch.
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.