CIS Host Says That skem's Current Nickname is Offensive in Russian

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • OB.Neon’s captain, skem, current in-game nickname “debil_2000” has come under question by CIS Dota 2 host, Faker.
  • According to Faker, “debil” is an offensive word in Russian and a bannable remark on Twitch’s CIS version, and has questioned ONE Esports decision to allow skem to use this nickname at the Singapore Major.
  • OB.Neon is currently playing in the ONE Esports Singapore Major and will be playing their next series against Vici Gaming on April 2.

OB.Neon’s captain, Rolen Andrei Gabriel "skem" Ong’s current in-game nickname “debil_2000” has come under question by a CIS Dota 2 personality. Ivan "Faker" Demkin, who is a popular figure in the CIS region and is the host for the Singapore Major’s Russian talent crew, tweeted that “debil” is an offensive word in Russian and a bannable remark on Twitch’s CIS version. As a result, he has reached out to ONE Esports, the organizer behind the ongoing Singapore Major, in his tweet questioning the reason behind allowing skem to use this nickname considering the word’s notoriety in the CIS community. OB.Neon is currently competing in the ONE Esports Singapore Major and has already secured a top-eight finish.

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CIS host, Faker, questions skem’s nickname "debil_2000"

According to Faker, debil is a bannable word on Twitch CIS. As a result, he stated that the CIS casters could not even take his name while casting the Singapore Major on livestream.

According to Faker, debil is an offensive form of the term “feeble-minded person.” Debil means “idiot” according to the Cambridge dictionary.

Skem, previously also known as Skemberlu, had communicated in a post-match winners’ interview during the SEA 2021 DPC Season 1: Upper Division that he used this new nickname, debil_2000, because he idolizes Team Secret’s midlaner, Michał "Nisha" Jankowski. Nisha used to previously play with the in-game nickname, DEBIL. 

Vitalii Nikolaevich "v1lat" Volochai also replied to Faker’s tweet alleging that skem used this nickname despite already knowing its meaning in Russian.

You can call him even by name or pronouns. The point is in the nickname itself, why is it, in principle, allowed by an organizer, a tournament, and so on.

And he knows the meaning of this word in Russian.

Translated Via Google

Neither skem nor ONE Esports has commented on this matter at the time of writing this article. 

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OB.Neon had defeated Fnatic 2-1 on April 1, 2021, to keep their Singapore Major hopes alive. Though they have guaranteed themselves a top-eight finish, they will be looking to extend their lower bracket run as they face Vici Gaming on April 2, 2021. 

Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.